Black History/Futures Month at Calhoun


To recognize Black History/Futures Month, Calhoun will offer a series of programs and events for students and families based on the theme The Future is Black: Radical Joy and Justice.

Virtual Family Events

Calhoun will hold events for parents/guardians and families throughout the month. 

  • Parents/Guardians of Color Meeting (an affinity space for parents/guardians of color), Feb. 4, 6pm, RSVP here.
     
  • Race Talk Book Club (for all parents/guardians), Feb. 8, 6pm; please reach out to Calhoun parent Paige Lyne for more information.
     
  • An Evening for All Families with Kozza Babumba, grandson of percussion legend Babatunde Olatunji, Feb. 18, 6pm, RSVP here.
     
  • Virtual Tour of Black Voices: Friend of Mine with curator Destinee Ross-Sutton, Feb. 18, 7-8:30pm
     
  • Black@rts | Joy in Learning, Joy in Belonging virtual art show; opening Feb. 26. (More details to follow.)

Student Programming

Each division will have different opportunities to explore and learn during Black History/Futures Month, with a focus on joy, agency and manifesting a vision for a future we need. Here are a few highlights:

  • Lower School—Early Childhood: Students will jump-start the month with an assembly on February 3 featuring the music of Sterling Strings. Each cluster will be focusing on learning about a Black changemaker that will culminate in an assembly at the end of the month on February 24. 
     
  • Lower School—Elementary: Students will join LS-Early Childhood during the opening assembly for BHFM on February 3 featuring the music of Sterling Strings. On February 19, they will have an assembly led by Dr. Linda Humes to explore Blackness, joy and history through the lens of storytelling.    
     
  • Middle School: Students will have a Black Lives Matter Week of Action teach-in on Wednesday, February 3, where teachers will run workshops all day for each grade level centering on our theme. On February 11, students will hear from renowned writer, poet and activist, Lauren Whitehead. On February 24, students will hear from Jabari Lyles, an LGBTQ+ advocate and activist based in Baltimore, MD. 
     
  • Upper School: Students will begin the month on February 3 hearing from Dr. Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, who will provide historical context to our current moment of racial equity. On February 19, students will be joined by Michelle Browder, a nationally known artist and activist based in Montgomery, AL. Upper School students will join the Middle School students on February 11 to learn from Lauren Whitehead as well as on February 24 to be a part of the experience with Jabari Lyles.

About the Theme

Too often Black history is told only through the lens of struggle and oppression—but joy is an act of resistance, and justice is a path to liberation. Blackness goes beyond this month and this year. It is often referred to as Black History/Futures Month for that very reason—because it has shaped our past and present, and will continue to shape our future. Black history and futures do not solely matter in the month of February. They matter beyond this month, and we take this month as an opportunity to remind ourselves of how to make the centering of Black lives and futures matter every day, month and year that is ahead of us. 

If you have any questions, contact John Gentile, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion