In recognition of Black History Month, the St. Sebastian's Community gathered in Ward Hall for the annual Black History Month Assembly, "Power in Unity," on Monday, February 4. The gathering was filled with poetry and music, featuring the words of guest speaker Mr. Jamele Adams. Dean of Students at Brandeis University, Adams as is also a celebrated poet known in New York and Boston slam poetry circles as Harlym 1Two5.
The assembly began with a welcome from Men with Positive Attitudes President Miguel Vega '19 and an opening prayer from Fr. John Arens. Students shared several of Adams' poems, including "3walls," "black history x," and "MEN....of color." The program was further enriched by musical performances. Violinist Christian Casiano '21 and pianist Colin Lapus '21 performed "Deep River Negro Spiritual." The Dana Hall Gospel Choir, led by Mr. David Coleman, sang several songs, including "Victory," "You Blessed Me," and "His Eye Is On the Sparrow."
The highlight of the assembly was hearing from Adams himself as he delivered his unique blend of passion and poetry. Known for bringing high energy, honesty, and humor to his talks, he captivated the audience with his powerful words. Adams has become well known in the Boston area for his efforts, leading workshops dealing with issues of diversity. Several times in recent years he has been called to local high schools, colleges, and communities to help bring a calm and constructive unity after racial incidents have occurred.
Thank you to Mr. Meyer Chambers and the members of Men with Positive Attitudes and to the Dana Hall Gospel Choir for being a part of our Black History Month Assembly. And a special thank you to Mr. Jamele Adams for being the guest speaker.