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Bishop Ryan Celebrates Black History and BR’s Black Future

Bishop Ryan’s Celtic Diversity student club initiated virtual visits to celebrate Black History Month. To honour and acknowledge Black joy and Black accomplishments, the Diversity students contacted former influential members of the BR community and created a series of video segments that aired weekly over the morning announcements.

The first weekly segment featured former Bishop Ryan Principal, Mr. Hermon Mayers who shared an important message on overcoming systemic barriers while maintaining faith and always reaching for your goals.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Uon-_zmZAz0

The second video featured former students and current models, Whak and Mo. The twin brothers shared their experience as being newcomers to Canada and how important it is to celebrate who you are and your differences. Authenticity was key to their success and finding a place in the world of fashion and art.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Plo8QwoyNJE

And the final video featured former student and OFSAA wrestling champion, Kyle Rose. Kyle inspired students to set goals for themselves and to try new things, even if it makes them uncomfortable. He also emphasized the importance of community and supporting each other.

Video Link: https://youtu.be/Bjg0qYsxJMc

The goal of the video series was to provide positive representation for the diverse student body while also keeping the message real and accessible. “Students are often familiar with the big names - MLK, Rosa Parks - but we wanted them to realize that there are difference makers right here in our own community,” said Ms. Pecora, Celtic Diversity teacher rep.

An important element of Black History Month is to acknowledge that Black History needs to be included and honoured February and Forever. As such, after the weekly segments that celebrated Bishop Ryan’s Black History, the Celtic Diversity club moved into March with a new segment titled “Celebrating BR’s Black Future.”

Ms. Pavao, Celtic Diversity teacher rep, explained, “We wanted to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments and positive impact of some of our current Black students who we know will be out there changing the world.” With the help of photography teacher, Mr. Hall, six exceptional students were interviewed and had the opportunity to share their stories and aspirations via the morning announcements.

The goal of the project was to move from a celebration of Black History, to a celebration of the Black Future with a focus on the Bishop Ryan community.





Bishop Ryan Celebrates Black History and BR’s Black Future