February is Black History Month, and last Wednesday we celebrated cultural diversity through our Freedom Concert. Well over 100 singers strong, our Middle School chorus sang hymns, spirituals, and songs about our planet. They passionately recited poetry and historic quotes, and even performed an inspiring African dance.
Those who saw the show as well as those onstage were not just moved by the talent of Debbie Kerrick and these young performers but rather they came away with a renewed sense of what it means to be part of the human race. As Dr. King so eloquently reminded us over 50 years ago in his letter from a Birmingham jail, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
Thus, in celebrating black history this month, we celebrate the entire fabric of American history. Despite our still imperfect republic, we look to what is best about America—striving to cherish and fulfill the promise of freedom and equality. And perhaps most importantly, right here on Old Church Road, TIGER PRIDE reminds us every day that empathy, care for others, and mutual respect are among life’s most important lessons.
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School