BLACC members celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Members of the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) traveled to The Proud Bird restaurant to attend the 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Breakfast Celebration and fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) on Jan. 20. UNCF hosted the event in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy as […]

Dancers perform in celebration of Black History Month at all-school assembly

Dancers perform in celebration of Black History Month at all-school assembly

Members of the Boot Squad and dancer Zen-marah Duruisseau ’22 performed in honor of Black History Month during a special all-school assembly Feb. 5. Student dancers showcase African American culture through performances The Boot Squad, led by Chandace Apacanis ’21, showcased a traditional stepping routine, while Duruisseau performed a contemporary solo. The assembly also featured […]

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

A Complex-ion Issue: Colorism

As Lauren Mc Gee ’20, the only African-American girl in her 6th-grade class, sat at her desk having a conversation with a friend, a classmate came up to her and called her the n-word out of nowhere. In that moment, McGee said she felt both shocked and hurt. “I’ve always heard the word in movies […]

BLACC celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club invited Black Panther Party leader and Harvard-Westlake grandparent Ericka Huggins (Jay Lassiter ’20) to speak to students and faculty. The club also hosted a screening of the film “Black Panther.” BLACC hoped to promote equality and progress for minority groups through the […]

Glenn Singleton advises community to engage in conversations about race

Glenn Singleton advises community to engage in conversations about race

Author and educator Glenn Singleton encouraged students and faculty members to engage in effective conversations about racial disparities at Wednesday’s all-school assembly. The Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club decided to host Singleton as their Black History Month speaker to help achieve their goal of fostering conversations about race and allowing all community members to […]

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

A Flash From the Past: Alumni and current students look back on the progress of diversity at Harvard-Westlake

In the spring of 1956, as applications for Harvard School trickled into the admissions office, controversy broke out within the school community. Bothered parents frantically contacted then-headmaster Father William S. Chalmers. What would this change? Would it affect their children? “Inevitably there was concern among some parents and alumni, and people needed time to think […]

Bakari Sellers urges students to ‘journey to excellence’

Bakari Sellers urges students to ‘journey to excellence’

CNN political commentator and former South Carolina Representative Bakari Sellers urged students to reflect on the progress made toward racial equality and how to best continue such progress at an all-school assembly today. Sellers was invited by the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club in honor of Black History Month. BLACC co-leader Phaedra Robinson ’17 […]

Professor sheds light on implicit biases at assembly

Professor sheds light on implicit biases at assembly

University of Southern California professor Ange-Marie Hancock discussed implicit bias, stereotypes and deep political solidarity at an all-school assembly Monday. The Black Leadership, Awareness and Culture Club (BLACC) invited the speaker in honor of Black History Month. Hancock teaches Political Science and Gender Studies at USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and is the […]

Professor to discuss race issues

Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at University of Southern California’s Dornsife College will speak at this year’s Black History Month assembly Monday in Taper Gym. She is known for her work on intersectionality, the study of the impact of intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality on politics and public […]

Fight for a cause, speaker tells Black History Month assembly

When it comes to making a mark on the world, who one chooses to fight for matters more than any transcript or diploma, author and Rhodes Scholar Wes Moore advised students and faculty Feb. 19. Moore’s speech discussed the discoveries that formed his New York Times bestselling book, “The Other Wes Moore,” at this year’s […]