The 2014 INSPIRE Multicultural Showcase, emceed by juniors Kai Marcel ’15 and David Victor ’15, kicked off with a Chinese song presented by the inaugural Chinese class at D-E, the first of seven acts. The officers and members of INSPIRE, the Upper School diversity club, put together the showcase on March 14 with the help of Mr. Algrant, Upper School Principal; Mr. Carbon, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Ms. Gunaseharan, Director of Student Activities.
There was a Fashion Show amidst the songs and words that featured 18 students modeling Indian, Colombian, Dominican, Japanese, Chinese, Ecuadorian, Spanish, Palestinian and Korean clothing.
Additional songs were performed by Julia Bront ’15, who sang a Russian piece, and Valeria Sandi ’17, who sang Marc Anthony’s “Ahora Quien.”
What made for a most compelling moment in the showcase was Arlene Mendez ’17‘s self-written spoken word piece, “The Forgotten Ones.” The Union City resident spoke of being a part of “the people of a forgotten ethnicity,” and perhaps her most powerful passage of her 35-line piece is:
Because being a Latino is something that comes with pride
It’s not a part of you that you can merely hide away
Being Latino is not something you just say
Being Latino is much more than speaking Spanish
Being Latino is much more than what you will find in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
By the way
A person who was born or lives in South America, Central America or Mexico or a person in the U.S. whose family is originally from South America, Central America or Mexico
Oh and that was found on page 338…
This fourth annual talent showcase closed with an African dance performed by D-E’s Dance Club and African drummers. Then, later on that afternoon, students and faculty members gathered outside of the Swartley Art Center to celebrate Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors, with the traditional throwing of vivid pigmented dye in the air and at each another — a rousing way to usher in the much-anticipated Spring Break!