Black History Month provides inspiration and food for thought

Members of Trinity College School’s Cultural Awareness Group wrapped up Black History Month with a special chapel service the morning of Tuesday, March 6th in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre. Mariam Omilabu, Zororo Mutomba, Oprah Kajeguhakwa, Opeyemi Dinah, Adriall Fox and Marcus Davis shared insights and stories to highlight their own experiences and inspiring figures.

Mariam set the stage with her poem, I am not be angry, performed with Zororo. Through the poem, they shared their thoughts about racism, giving examples and speaking to how they responded and are responding to issues of racism.

The group highlighted influential black people who have recently inspired them. This included Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh of Nigeria, who helped prevent the spread of Ebola; and Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, who is championing equal gender participation in that country. They even spoke of TCS past parent Sir Lyndon Pindling (father of Obie ’76 and Leslie ’80), who helped the Bahamas gain independence from Great Britain.

Using examples from their lives and from pop culture, the students also explained the differences between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. Then they led a trivia game in which house representatives tried to identify songs or answer questions from the presentation.

The group concluded with a video highlighting the impact of black Canadians throughout history, such as newspaper publisher Mary Ann Shadd Cary and musician Oscar Peterson.

Last week, members of the TCS Stomp ensemble performed a show in the Cirne Commons to mark Black History Month, allowing students to come up and learn some dance moves along with them.

Thank you to all of the students, and to CAG faculty leader Rachel Stephens, for helping us to commemorate Black History Month.