Students Lead Black History Month Ceremony

Students gathered at the gym on Wednesday for a presentation in celebration of Black History Month.

The event, which took place during community time, featured a performance by dancer Christian Woods. Senior Jonathan Fyne conducted an interview with NBA Hall of Famer Ray Allen and local Attorney Lisa Colon. The pair spoke to students about their personal experiences as well as provided some advice and motivation. 

“If it’s easy, everybody’s gonna do it,” Allen said. “But the truly top goals and the great things you want in your life, there’s only gonna be a few people on that journey.”

As a Black female student, sophomore Courtney Green delivered a speech describing how we should all be aware of the struggles Black people face everyday, and applauding the school for the “unparalleled” way of integrating students, despite their heritage. 

Woods performed an interpretive dance for the students. 

The event was organized by the director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Don Lawrence to celebrate diversity among the students. 

“Diversity is a beautiful thing; diversity is something that should be celebrated,” Lawrence said.

Students were very engaged, and enjoyed the assembly.

“I thought it was very interesting and I never thought I’d be able to have an experience like that,” sophomore Daniel Lipof said.

“I think they made a beautiful job in showcasing stories of success, [by] highlighting one of the best things Gulliver has to offer, which is its resources and its connections with the outside world,” senior Samuel Cano said. 

Lawrence believes that embracing diversity within the school gives meaning to the Gulliver community. 

“We take this opportunities to celebrate each other because that’s part of what it means to be a community,” Lawrence said.