Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools hosted an event celebrating Black joy, highlighting Black achievements and amplifying Black voices in the school community on Saturday.
The celebration was held at Culbreth Middle School from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to commemorate Black History Month. The event featured two panels, arts and crafts, a DJ and free food.
“This year, it was important for our team to not only recognize the long history of struggle in the Black community — but during that struggle, there's also been great joy," Rodney Trice, CHCCS deputy superintendent for teaching & learning, systemic equity and engagement, said.
CHCCS Director of Family and Community Engagement Jackie Love also praised the event, noting the importance of representation and celebration.
“It’s a chance to just celebrate Black joy," Love said. "It’s a chance to celebrate us. It’s a chance to give parents and students of all grade levels a chance to speak their truths. To talk about what 'Black joy' really means.”
The first panel featured students from CHCCS and the second featured CHCCS parents. Both panels discussed what "Black joy" means, how they celebrate Black culture and the Black experience in the CHCCS school system and in society as a whole.
In the parent panel, Julius Coulter, a Black CHCCS parent, talked about the experiences of his children in classrooms and how he encourages them to connect with their Black culture.
“Black history is every day," Coulter said during the panel.
Carrboro High School senior Myles Jackson said he enjoyed the event, noting how it created a space to celebrate Black achievement. He also said he would like to see more community engagement with Black history and culture.