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DAP Wraps Up a Dynamic Celebration of Black History Month
Meghan Podimsky

For Black History Month, Diversity Among Peers (DAP) created a series of events to celebrate and honor Black history in America. Many events included supporting Kent Place School and its Black History month celebrations.

After an electric Spirit Week in mid-Frebruary, DAP and the Parent Council on Diversity and Inclusion (PCDI) hosted another spectacular Celebration of Black History & Culture on Thursday, February 16. The event began in Spada Commons, then guests made their way to the Fine Arts Center where the real festivities began. The FAC was beautifully decorated with balloons, a DJ booth, art and cultural displays.

The celebration continued as guests enjoyed music, dancing, and delectable food, including a large sheet cake with the event logo created by our talented group of PCDI parents.

The highlight of the night was the array of student presentations and performances that took place in the FAC theater. Delbarton students Adrian Pierre '23 and Abdiel Perde '24 each shared original works: Pierre produced a 5-minute short film titled Mirror that featured his fellow Delbarton students as well as Co-Director of Diversity and Community Belonging Dr. Tony Negrin. Perde read an original poem he wrote called A Letter from Orange, New Jersey.

A Morristown-based dance group called Unity Steppers Dance & Drill Team took the FAC stage and presented a series of dance performances that left the crowd ready to dance as well. The Unity team is composed of students from grades 3-12. Click here for a clip from their performance.

To conclude the night, guests filled the FAC lobby as the DJ encouraged the crowd to get on its communal feet and celebrate.

On Friday, February 17, when the rest of the student body had a day off from school, DAP students joined Delbarton faculty at a faculty meeting for a presentation on Intent vs. Impact. Students guided teachers through a presentation, then broke out into group discussions about each of their roles in school and beyond. To conclude the morning program,  a DAP student panel pictured below addressed each boy's experience at Delbarton.

We salute DAP, PCDI and the Delbarton DEIB team for creating an entertaining, educational and ultimately joyful month celebrating Black History and Culture! Enjoy highlights from this year's Celebration of Black History and Culture.