The Upper School’s Black Student Alliance (BSA) kicked off the first full week of Black History Month with entertaining step dance routines at the conclusion of the Monday division meeting in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Eleven BSA members participated in a series of well executed group dances.
BSA leader Gbemi Olarewaju ’24 introduced the performance: “Stepping is a unique form of percussive dance that originated in African-American culture. The rhythmic movements and beats, in which performers used their bodies as instruments, were integral to cultural expression. So today, we step to display greatness, show unity, and express love for our communities.”
Division meetings and assemblies in all three divisions will continue to observe Black History Month throughout February. The BSA provided a presentation at this week's Middle School Community meeting and is planning to return for another assembly in the Lower School later this month.
Additional events in the Upper School include a BSA trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13 and a visit from Black author Don P. Hooper on Feb. 27.