Black History Month Chapels

February was Black History Month, and Grace Church School students commemorated it through speeches, artwork, and performances.
At the Lower School and Middle School Black History Chapels, Mr. Andre, Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, gave inspiring speeches on the role of art in advancing positive black representation, spotlighting Kehinde Wiley, acclaimed for immense portraits of Black people in the style of Old Masters, and the photograph portraits done by Regis and Kahran Bethencourt posing young black children in fantastic and afro-futurist styles. Student-created murals of Bayard Rustin and Jackie Robinson made during MLK Peace Week returned to South Hall with updated short biographies of these important figures in history.

At the high school, student leaders from Amazing Grace, the Black affinity group, shared their experiences as Black students at the annual Black History Chapel. Speeches were interspersed with performances by senior pianist, Savannah K., and violinist and longtime Grace educator, Dr. Ali, as well as a solo performance of “Halo” by senior Tamhyra D. The chapel culminated with a rendition of "I Smile" performed by GraceNotes and Pee Wee Ellis’s “The Chicken,” performed by the Jazz Ensemble.
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