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Black History Month at BFS: Royalty, Resistance, Resilience


Calling all members of the BFS community: the school’s 20th annual celebration of Black History Month is Friday, February 22nd, and all are warmly welcome. The culmination of a month of Black History Month programming, the event will kick off with workshops from 3:30 – 5:30pm for students and families on music, art and dance please note that these workshops are not drop-off; parents and caregivers should attend with their students). Make sure to stop in the lobby for Black History Month 2019 commemorative t-shirts and the cafeteria for a bake sale. Both of these sales benefit the Brooklyn Friends Fund, the School’s annual giving campaign. You can sign up to bake and donate a tasty treat (nut-free, please) here.

Following the enriching and fun workshops, the celebration continues with a community dinner in the cafeteria (5:30pm), followed by a celebratory Meetinghouse program (6:30pm). The evening will conclude with a beloved BFS tradition, a Pearl Street Lobby dance party.

Sign up for a workshop presented on Friday, February 22nd.

Black History Month at BFS kicked off on Friday, February 1st with a screening of the film Tell Them We are Rising: the Story of Black Colleges and Universities. The screening was followed by a dynamic panel discussion with graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities moderated by BFS alum and parent Karim Camara with panelists Marcia Smith (the filmmaker), Monifa Bandele, Shanice Hickson, J.D., Dr. Kamauru Johnson, Leslie Jones, and Dr. Afriqiyah Woods. On that same day, the 11th grade toured “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power”, the landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Black History Month Celebration student collections and activities include: Afterschool Friends of Color Sankofa Making Workshop and Coding by Digital Girl Workshop and  Middle School Collections on Kemet by Jabari and with Othniel. Below are photos from the Sankofa Making Workshop.