Boys' Latin commemorated Black History Month with an assembly in the Iglehart Auditorium on Tuesday morning. This year's program was led mostly by upper school students. Gerald Watson '20 acted as host, welcoming students and faculty, and providing a brief introduction. With accompaniment from Jonathan Elliott '21 and Kwaku Akuffo '19, Reward Odilatu '19 sang an a capella version of "Grandma's Hands," by African American R&B star Bill Withers. Hand drawn sketches of Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall, created by Jamarr Watson '21, were projected onto a video screen, to serve as a backdrop.
The event's keynote speaker was Dr. Stephen Wright '69, who was honored at the 50th Anniversary celebration of our first graduate of color earlier this year. In the spring of 1969, Dr. Stephen E. Wright graduated from Boys' Latin as our first black alumnus. Dr. Wright spoke fondly of his time at BL. Specifically, he talked about his senior speech, which addressed American involvement in Vietnam. "I knew it was a controversial topic," said Dr. Wright, "I never would have had the courage to speak about it without the support I got from my teachers at Boys' Latin."
The assembly concluded with remarks from Headmaster Post. "The purpose of diversity is not to remind us of the barriers between us," he said, "It's to remind us of the wealth of variety in our world, and of our shared humanity."