Honoring Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate and honor African Americans who have changed the world with their activism and achievements. CMC is honoring Black History Month with prayers related to racial justice.
Holy Names Academy has a history of diversity and inclusion and continues to focus on the important work of anti-racism in our community and curriculum. HNA’s Multicultural Student Union (MSU) encourages students of all backgrounds to participate in discussions and activities to learn about cultural experiences, diversity, and ways to promote social justice. On Thursday, February 16, students gathered for an MLK assembly, led by MSU, to celebrate and discuss activism focused on black culture. Students centered on the theme, “True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Started in 1988, HNA’s MSU and its Affinity Groups offer a safe space for students to discuss issues of diversity, create community, and provide opportunities for action. MSU includes the following student-initiated Affinity Groups: Black Student Union (BSU), Asian/Pacific Islander Student Union (API), Latina Student Union (LSU), Middle Eastern Student Union (MESU), and Multiracial Student Union (MRSU). Kim Dawson, HNA Vice Principal of Student Life, shares, “MSU and the Affinity groups have made a positive impact on Holy Names Academy for over 30 years and have contributed significantly to the school’s growth in its core value of Dedication to Justice.” In the fall of 1996, HNA’s founding BSU leaders Leonetta Espy ’98 and Angela Rye ’98 recruited Mrs. Dawson to be HNA’s first BSU moderator. Angel Alvarado, HNA Spanish and Theology teacher, also became an MSU moderator in 1996 and continues to serve as a faculty moderator along with Veronica Doyle, Anna Sebree, Becca Shope, and Anjelica Johnson.