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Black Excellence Night Showcases AFS Black Magic — Reflections from BSU Co-clerk Jana McClary ’22

Reflections from BSU Co-clerk Jana McClary ’22:

After a lot of hard work, our Black Student Union’s annual Black Excellence Night was truly a success! From having long meetings to finalize every detail, to fundraising through candy grams, soul food platters, and hoodie sales, all the members of the BSU did everything we could to make sure the event was perfect. Black Excellence Night is so important because it lifts up and empowers black students in our AFS community. I am so grateful and proud to be a part of such an amazing event. I can’t wait to see what next year has in store! On behalf of the Black Student Union, thank you to everyone who supported Black Excellence Night in any way, you are greatly appreciated.

More on Black Excellence Night 2022:

Black Excellence Night is a student-run event created to celebrate and uplift Black students in our school community through performances and tributes. The event’s theme this year was “Met Gala: The Evolution of Black Arts & Music” and decorations in the Muller lobby and inside auditorium were fitting, both elegant and keeping with the black and gold color scheme the event has had since its inception in 2018. Gold bunting flanked the stage and a step and repeat, printed especially for the night, stood in the lobby for photo opportunities. Yet, the most impressive visuals were the ones that took place on the stage. Middle School and Upper School students displayed talents from singing and dancing, to spoken word, to on-stage painting and poetry by BSU co-clerk Gabby Warner ’22. The featured performer for the night, Kai Davis, wowed the audience with her moving work, which centers on Blackness, Queerness and womanhood. It was a cherished night of community togetherness and pride—a night that will be remembered fondly.

Photography by John Flak P’24 P’27
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