Monday, February 8, 2010

We Are Black History: Students Lead Chapel Celebration

By Katie Thompson ’12
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

This was the overarching message of the chapel service February 1 in celebration of Black History Month. Some of Gordon’s own black students led the service and emphasized that no matter the color of one’s skin, we are all black history, as Dr. King implied.

“I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” said Vroselyn Benjamin ’12, a communication arts and social work major from Boston, Massachusetts, who coordinated the event (pictured here, center, with Danielle Simpson, left, and Tia Brookens.) “It took lots of work, commitment, and time, but we wanted to celebrate Black History Month because everyone is a part of history, and it is a huge part of our lives.”

The multidimensional service allowed a variety of students to showcase their talents. Alanah Percy ’13, a kinesiology major from Windsor, Connecticut, performed a dance to worship music. Roderick Caesar ’11, a biblical studies major from Queens, New York, and Vroselyn Benjamin read poems, while Sheldon Costa ’12, a communication arts major from Boston, Massachusetts, and Annery Miranda ’09 spoke to students. Danielle Simpson '10, a biblical studies and English major from Mattapan, Massachusetts, Nate Haywood ’10, a music education major from Newton, Massachusetts, and Tia Brookens ’11, a business administration major from Boston Massachusetts, led students in worship, with Daniel Turcich ’11, a social work major from Springs, New York, on guitar, and Statler Gause ’13, a communication arts major from Springs Florida, on drums. Arva Byron ’13, a deciding major from Boston, Massachusetts, and Matt Sutherland ’13, a psychology major from Randolph, Massachusetts, worked behind the scenes to make everything happen.

A video coproduced by Dan Waldron ’10, a communication arts major from Derry, New Hampshire, and Danielle Simpson—featuring Gordon students explaining Black History Month—ended the service and implored the Gordon community to remember that each day we recreate our own history and must not forget to look back to where we have come from. The hard work students put into this service is recognized and much appreciated by the Gordon community.

“I am proud to say the students put a concerted effort into making it a success,” said Shella SaintCyr, director of the Clarenden program and advisor to ALANA. “They continue to demonstrate that they are rich with God-inspired talent and gifting.”

The chapel service that ushered in this year's celebration of Black History Month was a powerful reminder of who we are, where we came from, and what we are here for.

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