The St. Sebastian's community gathered in Ward Hall for the annual Black History Month Assembly, "Love and Pursuit of Truth," on Monday, February 5. The gathering was filled with powerful words and music.
The assembly began with a welcome from Men with Positive Attitudes President Jonathan Demosthene '24 and an opening prayer from Fr. John Arens. Throughout the assembly, music was performed by Mr. Meyer Chambers on piano, and Boston College graduate students Mr. Joseph Penny on drums and Ms. Lauren Warner on bass guitar.
Readings, which included Let America Be America Again by Langston Hughes, A Brave and Startling Truth by Maya Angelou, Crispus Attacks by George Hannibal Temple were given by MPA students Benjamin Osunsanya '26, Rui do Rosario '24, George Addona '24, Adric Denis '24, Robert Walusimbi-Mitchell '25, and Neal Carlson '24.
Robert Walusimbi-Mitchell '25 and Neal Carlson '24 introduced the guest speaker Sachem Wunnanumwau Tom Frederick, Principal Tribal Chief Chappiquiddic Nation. Chief Frederick gave a heartfelt, compelling speech on love and the pursuit of truth, stating that we are all related and "we were meant to stand together as one race, the human race."
Thank you to Mr. Meyer Chambers and the members of Men with Positive Attitudes, Mr. Penny, Ms. Warner, and a special thank you to Chief Frederick for your message.