Link scholars heard from urban educator Tajee Bounds, who told students that, "Your imagination will change the world" and that they should not be afraid of stepping out of their comfort zones to achieve what they want. He concluded by sharing that "Your greatest strength is not what you do for yourself, but what you do in defense of others."
His talk was part of a multi-day school-wide Black Lives Matter program, designed to empower students of color to feel powerful in their skin, to advocate for their lives and community, and to educate them on black excellence and culture so they can be proud of who they are. In addition to Mr. Bounds' talk, the opening day of the program included a Link student singing a beautiful version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," and two who shared original poems suitable for the event. As Mr. LaGuerre, 8th grade science teacher, said at the conclusion, “An excellent start to a better tomorrow."
Other events scheduled for the week are panels of people representing and discussing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, “Black Excellence,” and Black Greek Societies. Additional events include Town Hall Meetings on mental health and a talk on being a black policeman. For families, several fun nights have been planned including an Afro Beats Dance Night. All events are being held virtually.