Academy of Holy Angels (AHA) comes together as a student body, faculty, and staff in a weekly Convocation assembly. Convocations provide a time and space for AHA to build community, learn from each other, pray together, celebrate good news, and hear from new and relevant speakers.
The Convocation on Thursday, January 20 featured senior students Paul Kariuki, Grace Cebulla, Vivian Alexander, Ellie DeCrans, and Billy Brezonik who are in a service group within the Campus Ministry Team (CMT). They gave a presentation titled 'Honoring the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.'
The students opened the program by sharing their historical findings and highlights of Dr. King's life. They brought attention to the fact that King led the civil rights movement for just 13 years and what a profound impact he had during that time. To highlight Dr. King's powerful way with words, students shared some of his most famous quotes.
Connecting King to the mission of AHA, students shared the following quote from Pope Francis, “Dr King's dream of harmony and equality for all people, attained through nonviolent and peaceful means, remains ever timely." Additionally, students said petitions to show support and commitment to Dr. King's legacy and in celebration of his lasting impact on the civil rights movement.
The presentation went on to highlight other impactful Black individuals who fought for justice. To acknowledge others' bravery in the racial equality movement, students presented Suitcase Projects that will be on display in the library. Two of the projects included the history and societal impact of Sidney Poitier (actor) and Zora Neale Hurston (author).
In closing, the full student body and staff came together to share the following prayer:
Lord, let us work for
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love;
a world where women and men can live in equality and harmony;
a world where prejudice is destroyed and replaced with understanding, respect, and willingness to listen;
a world where we are not divided, but rather work together for the common good of all people and human rights.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.