Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School invited members of O’Dowd’s Black Student Union (BSU) to come to their campus on February 13 to celebrate Black History Month.
The day began with students from Cristo Rey receiving awards for social justice, community service and personal development. Afterwards, Mr. Tony Green, O’Dowd’s BSU moderator, delivered a talk on the connection between Jesus and the African American and Latino communities, accompanied by a song by the BSU Gospel Choir, a praise dance by Michaela Guinn ’17 and drumming by Kelinde Secrease ’19.
Students from the two schools then gathered in small groups to share personal life stories and enjoy spoken word, gospel songs and a praise dance by Taylor Daniel ’18. Mr. Green gave a history lesson on how and why Black History Month was started.
The personal stories shared by the Cristo Rey students were very touching and heart warming and enabled them to open up a dialogue with our students. We learned that even though we come from different cultural backgrounds, we are more alike than different.