Black History & Futures Month @ ESA

Black History & Futures Month @ ESA

For the past month, students and community members at ESA have been celebrating Black History and Futures Month. In advisory, students discussed the connection between languages and cultures using this TED Talk with Dr. Jamila Lysicott, learned about Afrofuturism, and researched African civilizations. On February 8th, we had a town meeting with a keynote speech by Leanne Nunes, former NYC high school student, Executive Director of IntegrateNYC, and current Howard University student.

We also had 2 exciting events this past week. On February 23rd, we had a community forum on Vaccines in Black America with a panel of Black and Afro-Latinx healthcare professionals and scientists to discuss the history of medical violence imposed on Black and Latinx communities, and the skepticism some Black and Afro-Latinx communities feel about vaccines. Here is the recording of the panel:

Vaccines in Black America (password: LeM8b+0S)

On February 25th, our very own art educator and artist-in-residence, Adrienne, led us through an incredible, interactive exploration of art that reflects and speaks to the Black experience. Check out the presentation here in this slideshow below.