Black History Month at Mount Vernon
At Mount Vernon, this celebration of Black history will acknowledge the African diaspora. While the February celebration is often centered on thinking specifically about the Black experience in the United States, we want to acknowledge that this culture is global based on the movement of Black people around the world. From food tastings, performances, and art showcases Mount Vernon is ensuring that this month is celebrated in meaningful and impactful ways. Chief IDEA Officer Stacey Lee explained, “Throughout the month, students are empowered with a number of opportunities to engage with Black history through programs and learning that highlight the power of relationship in the Black experience and celebrate the spirit of Black innovation which each day moves us toward a better world.”
For the first two weeks of February, an installation called “Hope for Our Future” will be available to view on Upper Campus. Lower Campus students started this work of art in January by tying chosen fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) ribbons onto a wire peace sign. Through open participation from Upper Campus students, they will contribute to the display by recording a message of inspiration, hope, peace, or prosperity on the provided ribbons. After the first two weeks, the installation will be delivered back to Lower Campus where it will live at the Lower School front desk for the remainder of the year. This installation represents both campuses’ commitment to their written messages.