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Celebration of African American Heritage and Culture

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Every February, people across the United States, including here at Kinkaid, celebrate the achievements, contributions, and history of African Americans as part of Black History Month. At Kinkaid we have built on these traditions with our annual Celebration of African American Heritage and Culture, a #OneKinkaid event now in its 7th year. This cherished Kinkaid event traditionally features African American alumni, current students, faculty, and staff sharing their experiences, identities, and cultures and showcases black excellence through literature, visual and performing arts, math, science, STEM, and more. As a result of COVID-19, this year the event was modified to follow Kinkaid’s safety protocols, but it still provided the same reflections and experiences and was a moving and rewarding event.  We invite you to watch this year’s program.

At Kinkaid, students in all three divisions learn about and celebrate excellence in African American history. We invite you to learn more about some of the Lower School’s, Middle School’s, and Upper School’s initiatives as a part of Black History Month and Kinkaid’s Celebration of African American Heritage and Culture.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but will give you a sense of some of the topics covered at Kinkaid and the importance we place on sharing with our students these important points in history and the impact they have on our collective past, present, and future.

We particularly would like to share with you Kinkaid history department teacher Dr. Byron Williams’ presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This was presented to our 8th Grade students last month, and it is well worth your time to watch this lecture in its entirety: If I Fail.

Finally, the visual arts at Kinkaid provide a special medium to celebrate Black excellence.  This year in Lower School, the art display for the annual Celebration of African American Heritage and Culture is both virtual and in-person on the Kinkaid campus. The artwork spans from grades Pre-K to 4 and is inspired by contemporary African American artists Alma Thomas, Bisa Butler, David Driskell, Kara Walker, Shanequa Gay, and Kevin Bongang. Additionally, students in grades 1-4 created collaborative cityscapes inspired by Harlem artists Charles Alston, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.  Special thanks to Lauren Taylor, Theodora Prunoske, Krissy Venosdale, and Lauren Quiroga for their tremendous help with this project.

We also invite you to view some of this impressive visual work from other divisions which is currently exhibited in the halls of the Student Life Building.

It is important to note that while February is designated as a month to honor African American accomplishments, we as a school believe that our curriculum, faculty, and staff must reflect the identities of all members of our community all year long.