Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity; we honor our Black community. Today — November 16, 2020 — Tabor celebrated Black Lives Matter Day, a student-organized and student-led day about supporting humanity and basic human rights.
As Interim Head of School Julie Salit has stated before, “Black lives matter—that fact is not debatable—and this was a significant day to support our Black students, teachers and staff, in addition to the members of our greater community, including alumni, parents, and past community members.”
Tabor’s Black Lives Matter Day included regular opportunities for reflection and a community gathering. Throughout the day, many teachers shared prompts during class blocks, which included time for students to reflect on the reading, video and/or image. Black Lives Matter buttons, bracelets, and masks were also available for faculty, staff and students.
At noon, the community came together, abiding by proper social distancing protocols, for a student-led ceremony (highlights here, full ceremony here
). Poetry and student writing and reflection was shared, and the community stood in silence and solidarity for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while our Black Lives Matter flag was raised, joining the American flag and our Tabor flag on our campus flag pole.
In addition, student artwork decorated the History Hall in honor of Black Lives Matter and the Library created a poignant Black Lives Matter display, highlighting valuable resources and learning materials. There was also a slide deck from the African American Policy Forum along with the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School playing on the hall monitors. The slides provided information and initiatives about the inequality experienced by women and girls of color in America. Later on, our ShadesxBSU student group sponsored a Debrief for students to discuss the day and important issues facing our community related to Black Lives Matter, racism, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Loraine Snead, our new Director of Equity and Inclusion stated about the day, “Let us remember that the Black Lives Matter movement began modestly as a hashtag in social media and now stands as a rallying cry for all organizing efforts across the country and in many independent schools. I am so pleased that Tabor demonstrated support for the students of color. It means so much to me, faculty, staff, students of color and allies that our Black Lives Matter flag flew alongside the Tabor flag. It goes a long way towards building a community of belonging.”