Students at Middle School convocation on Wednesday were told about different places and events in the city of Memphis that they could spend the remainder of the month helping out at or volunteering for as the school continues to celebrate Black History Month.
During the presentation, Assistant Head of Upper School Chris Jordan and Diversity and Inclusion committee president Ariyana Muesse ’22 told students about the many ways to support Black History Month, including:
“Our goal is to give these students some opportunities and ways that they can volunteer,” Jordan said. “They can then take the step of learning and then applying what they learned to make a positive difference in their communities."
The presentation included the history of Black History Month and the history of Black History in Memphis, including Orange Mound, the first African-American community built for and by African Americans. Black-owned businesses and places to visit within the city were also presented, with students being encouraged to visit and support them. Those included:
“So often there is a disconnect because there is no understanding,” Jordan said. “It is our job to help the students bridge that gap.”
The presentation ended with some students telling their fellow classmates that they had visited some of the places mentioned, sharing how those visits changed them.
Video of the Middle School convocation can be found here.