Photos tell the story of Conant’s Black History Month celebration

The Black Leaders Achievers group, as well as the girl’s track and field team, designed posters, displays, and a lunch event to commemorate the month as part of Conant’s new effort to prioritize a multifaceted celebration for Black History Month.

A few of the members on Conant’s track and field team organized a display highlighting hair and its impact on the Black community. The girls took personal stories from students at Conant to make silhouettes featuring their own personal hair journeys.

Sabah Lokhandwala | Conant Crier

At the top of the stairwell, a head silhouette with construction-paper braids woven together and tied in a headscarf that lays against the wall.

Sabah Lokhandwala | Conant Crier

The girls wrote “I AM NOT MY HAIR,” in the windows of the music stairwell. The black bar on the window counteracts societal attitudes about Black hair, stating, “MY HAIR IS MY CROWN.”

Sabah Lokhandwala | Conant Crier

The silhouettes cascaded down the stairwell, giving Conant students the opportunity to read them as they walk to class.

Sabah Lokhandwala | Conant Crier

Around the stairwell, students created silhouettes of themselves illustrating their own hair journey. The first picture depicts reflective questions about hair and heritage. The second depicts the student’s hair routine. The final picture repeats the word, “dreadlocks.”

In addition to the display, Black Leaders Achievers organized an interactive event during lunch periods with dancing, poetry, and personal anecdotes.

Vasu Janjrukia | Conant Crier

Nick Chen, ‘21, introduces English teacher Martell Halloran at the assembly.

Vasu Janjrukia | Conant Crier

Black Leaders Achievers and a diversity coalition speak to Conant students about common stereotypes imposed on the communities at Conant.

Vasu Janjrukia | Conant Crier

Faith Massey, ‘21, president of Black Leaders Achievers, reads a letter she wrote to Conant students about owning and expressing their identities.

Vasu Janjrukia | Conant Crier

Members of the diversity coalition pose for a picture in Black Leader Achievers t-shirts.

Black History Month ends this weekend, but Black history continues to be part of America’s, and Conant’s, evolution. Students took charge to create a historic and memorable month. Check out our article on Black Leaders Achievers and their inspiration behind their event and their club.

Sabah Lokhandwala

Sabah is a Team Editor and a senior at Conant. She is excited for her first year on the Crier staff. At Conant, she is captain of the Debate team and involved in BPA, Principal’s Advisory Board, and National Honors Society. Outside of school, she writes for a Gen Z social justice magazine, works at a female empowerment foundation, and volunteers at her local mosque. Besides all the boring stuff, Sabah likes puns, poetry, politics, and the occasional Netflix binge.

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