Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating Black History at Tower Hill

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Director of Social Justice Dyann Connor and PAATH (Parents of African-Americans at Tower Hill) hosted Tower Hill's second annual Black History Month program. Nearly doubling the number of attendees at last year's program, the 70 guests who were present this year are a testament to the positive reception and accolades this event has garnered. Wednesday's engaging and stimulating Black History Program for parents and students featured dinner and a presentation by Dr. Carol Henderson, Vice Provost for Diversity at the University of Delaware. The youngest guests at the event enjoyed the movie "Zootopia," which subtly explores significant diversity themes in an age-appropriate and light-hearted fashion. Dr. Henderson’s presentation "My Soul Is A Witness: Art and Social Activism in the Civil Rights Era and Beyond” highlighted the occurrence of African-American civil rights movements throughout our country’s history into the present day. She also examined how literary and musical artists continue to be bold and provocative voices who “speak truth to power.” Dr. Henderson spoke of young Ruby Bridges, the first African-American child to attend an all-white elementary school, who, in effect, would become a 6-year-old activist. She also noted how Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished his most impactful work between the ages of 25 and 39, when he was assassinated. In so doing, she reminded us all that the moral and ethical responsibility to advocate for equality is an enduring mandate to which we must all respond with courage and urgency.