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ST. ED'S SHINES A LIGHT ON ALUMS AND AMPS UP PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCES TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
To celebrate Black History Month at St. Ed's, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office scheduled an intentional month-long speaker series to provide a robust experience for the St. Edward community to learn more about black history and the diverse brotherhood at St. Edward High School. "We wanted to give students a rich experience that represented the diversity within our own community," says VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion James Knight. Kicking off the speaker series on February 3, St. Ed's welcomed Clarence Bozeman, who drove and marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to talk about the Civil Rights Movement. Students have also heard from Tim Lewis from Rid-All Urban Farming, a leader in the urban agriculture space in Cleveland, and Professor Cary Dabney from Walsh University who spoke about the history of Black Catholics. Throughout the rest of the month, students will get to network and converse with a business panel of local black entrepreneurs, engage in a hands-on workshop with T-shirt artist Diandre Byfield, and partake in a Capoeira workshop learning Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts.
In the past, St. Ed's has honored historical African-American figures from George Washington-Carver to Maya Angelou. This year, St. Ed's has taken a different approach to connect our students to modern Black history by recognizing the incredible work and accomplishments of our diverse alumni. "By doing this, we have given our students more of a chance to see mirrors of themselves in people who look like them and who they can reach out to through the brotherhood of St. Ed's," adds Dr. Knight. Follow SEHS_Diversity on Instagram to see all of our St. Ed's alums featured as part of St. Ed's celebration of Black History Month.