Prep celebrates Black History Month


Alicia Gonzalez, Staff Writer

The month of February pays tribute to the history of Black Americans, and Prep has plans to participate.

The Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Mr. Moffett, has continued his tradition of sharing a profile showcasing a historical figure according to the heritage celebrated that month. He plans on sharing similar inspirational stories during the upcoming Women’s History Month.

Celebrations kicked off early on Jan. 20 with a dress down sponsored by Spanish Club. Proceeds went to the Multicultural Community Resource Center of Erie County. The school was able to raise a total of $1,700.

“I really liked what we did with MCRC,” Mr. Moffett said. “They were so appreciative, and you immediately see how it went to helping their organization and our Erie community.”

In the coming weeks there are also plans to have a dress down with proceeds going to the NAACP, an organization that was at the forefront of the civil rights movement that continues in its mission to dispel racism.

Additionally, Cathedral Prep and Mother Theresa Academy staff worked together to feature important Black figures in the halls of Mother Theresa. Together they constructed a periodic table containing a scannable barcode with a link to the facts about the person. It is an interactive way to engage even the youngest in our school community in learning about the rich culture and history surrounding this special month.

Cathedral Prep plans to welcome a guest speaker on Feb. 24, to educate students on the importance of inclusion, diversity, and values. Dr. Parris Baker, a current professor at Gannon University, will speak to the student body to bring further attention to not only Black History Month but other minority groups as well.

With the efforts of faculty, administrators, and fellow students, Black History Month has been more than just recognized but honored.

As junior Natajaha Russell remarked, “Every month is Black History Month.”