We are living through a historical moment in which we must give adversity a hard stare right in the eye. Adults everywhere are wondering if the impact of their choice to be involved with this spirited movement of dismantling isms of every kind, everywhere, is having a positive influence on the younger generations. Being an adult, this is a huge reflective point because we understand the role of an adult to be of tremendous leadership and mentorship. The brilliant students at St. Anthony Middle School (http://www.stanthony.k12.mn.us/ S.A.M.S.) took the initiative to form a Student Diversity Leadership group, giving voice to all perspectives, and giving thanks for the rich diversity in their community. I think that it is fair to say that they the younger generations are being impacted positively.
On the evening of October 24th these courageous students hosted their first annual community diversity celebration and it was a tremendous success! The students, boldly, put in the hours and prepared an entire presentation and shared it with the WORLD!!! I am sure that part of the preparation included; staying after school, discussing and sharing ideas, being inclusive of their peer’s ideas and contributions, listening, working together as a group, promoting, inviting and selling others on your idea to attend the event, reaching out to secure a performing artist, practice, public speaking and a plethora of other things. They accomplished this; all while keeping up with the normalcy of their everyday academic, teenage lives.
Through their hard work and success the students of S.A.M.S. have taught us how to TAKE ACTION right in the midst of it all. They formed a group, they planned an event, they hosted an event and they kept the spirit moving on a topic that has barreled down on us even more over the past few months. They took their energy towards what they are seeing in their community, this country and around the world and decided to do something about it. There isn’t anything that these children cannot do!
As I sat in the second row I found myself tremendously moved by their efforts. I laughed, I couldn’t stop smiling, I cried, I cheered and I embraced my friend while we sang together, “Hold on to me and I’ll hold on to you.” Lyrics from a song that was performed by Joe Davis & the Poetic Diaspora. (https://www.facebook.com/joedavispoetry/?fref=ts http://joedavispoetry.com/). They also included spoken word poetry to dramatically express the effects that race and racism has had in their lives and in their community. An Ecuadorian dance was performed by one of the S.A.M.S students and her dance group. It was performed so well that it took me out of the auditorium and planted me right in Ecuador. The speakers spoke about race and racism and how to identify when you’re experience it or see it happening. They challenged us to change our behavior because sometimes what we are asking others to stop doing we are doing that very thing. What I am saying is that there isn’t anything that these brilliant minds have left out!!
This event increased my hope and gave me confirmation that the work that we do as adults are having a positive impact on the younger generation and that one day, one day, we WILL only be judge by the content of our character. As the students at S.A.M.S. continue to grow they will be guided in the process of how to continue the work on dismantling every kind of ism.
This evening’s message was filled with awareness and hope with words like; live & love. It is true that you should “hold on to me and I’ll hold on to you. The God in me needs the God in you” because we get MORE accomplished when we are working together. This has been proven through the works of the wonderful and brilliant minds at S.A.M.S. and I say to them thank-you for sharing your gifts with the world, “Give yourself a standing ovation.” ~Dove Chocolates~
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