Students have been celebrating ‘Black History’ this week, with all students attending a range of exciting and engaging assemblies ran by a number of students from different year groups. These assemblies build on the annual Black History Month, which has been celebrated in the United Kingdom since 1987.
Students highlighted to each year group a range of inspirational people in history who has overcome challenges to achieve greatness. There were a number of quotes from Muhammad Ali, possibly the most well known and famous heavyweight boxer of all time, who became World Champion three times, and held the record for more than 35 years for the most wins in heavyweight title bouts in modern boxing history.
Celebrating diversity at the Academy is about encompassing acceptance and respect.
It means recognising that each individual is unique and accepting our individual differences. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich diversity within the Academy.
Quotes such as “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it” and “impossible is nothing” ensured students were challenged to strive for their own dreams. They were also serenaded by sisters Jennifer and Jessica Ikioumoton who sung a wonderful version of “I Won’t Go Back” by William McDowell. Another young budding talent, Clemence Manzani also gave a soul-rending performance of Andra Day’s “Rise Up”.
Victoria Asiedu-Dompreh, Inclusion Coordinator at the Academy, commented “It was heart-warming to see so many students excited to engage with those who were making the presentations. Diversity is a great strength here at the Academy, and it was fantastic to recognise how many truly inspirational people in history have come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures”.