Jeanite Updates


Written by Jazmyne Graham '24

February is Black History Month and one of the highlights of SJB's celebration was an assembly showcasing Black culture through writing, art, and dance. The event was sponsored by the National English Honor Society (NEHS), the National Art Honor Society (NAHS), and the Black Student Union Club.


Michelle Ben Appiah '24 and Afua Opoku '24 gave a heartfelt dance performance that resonated deeply with their Ghanaian roots. Through the Adowa, performers express grief and celebration, honoring departed loved ones with intricate gestures and footwork, creating a powerful tribute.


The National English Honor society featured five poems that celebrate black history, pride, legacy, culture, and achievements. The first was "BLK History Month" by Nikki Giovanni read by Afua Opoku '24. "For my People" and "Lineage" by Margrate Walker were read by Amber Perez '24 and Citlaly Gonzalez '24, respectively. Ella Gonzalez '24 and Britney Zambrano '24 presented "To Be in Love" by Gwendolyn Brooks and "Touched by an Angel" by Maya Angelou.


Jazmyne Graham '24 and Jaylin Gratereaux '24 of the National Arts Honor Society introduced many in the audience to the work of Taja Riley, a dancer and dance rights activist, and Donald Glover also known as Childish Gambino, an American actor, comedian, singer, rapper, writer, director, and producer. Both presenters discussed the context and significance of the artists' works within the wider world. 


Manjalyn Massaley '24 ended the assembly with a moving performance of the song "Pearls" by Sade Adu, a tribute to Somali women. Black Student Union Presidents Michelle Ben Appiah and Jazmyne Graham thanked members of the NEHS, the NAHS, and the Black Student Union for their efforts in creating the rich and varied assembly and closed with the reminder that celebrating Black culture should not be limited to the assembly or even to the month of February, but should be appreciated each day.