Diversity Observances in February

Item7BGoDownMosesAssemblyDETodaySpring2016A finicky February—weather-wise—was improved by informative and enjoyable diversity-related events that recognized Black History Month and the Lunar New Year.

The annual Middle and Upper School Black History Month assemblies on February 6 each a featured a performance of Go Down Moses—The Story of the American Negro Spiritual, presented by Philadelphia-based Key Arts Productions. The program featured renditions of such classic spirituals as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Wade in the Water” and included historical film footage and photographs.

On February 8, the Chinese and Korean Parent Affinity Groups helped the D-E Middle and Upper Schools to ring in the Lunar New Year. In a Wharton-Lessin Dining Hall adorned with bright red lanterns and Year of the Monkey decorations, the Parent Affinity Groups provided a food tasting at both the Middle and Upper School lunches, featuring Chinese dumplings and Korean bibimbap to complement the Asian-inspired lunch provided by FLIK that day. The event al so featured calligraphy demonstrations and a traditional Lion Dance performed by Christine Chow ’17, Danny Jiao ’21, Christopher Liu ’17, Allen Xie ’17, and Kenneth Yan ’19. Additionally, the Korean and Chinese Culture Clubs packed red good luck envelopes for students in all three divisions of the School.

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