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RE community enjoys Black History Month Celebration

Whether clapping, foot-tapping or dancing to the beat of a Bahamian junkanoo band, a Trinidadian steel drummer or a marching band from South Dade Senior High, RE's faculty, staff and students enjoyed the rhythms of Black History Month Celebrations on both campuses. They also visited art and jewelry displays, author tables and hair-braiding booths, and enjoyed African/Caribbean cuisine prepared by Sage Dining.
The Feb. 15 event at the upper school and Feb. 24 celebration at the middle school commenced with the Buccaneer Marching Band of South Dade Senior High, which performed on the Stamps Family Field and in the Mendelson Plaza. Stilt dancers and the junkanoo band also entertained, and Garfield Joseph, a Trinidad native, played the steel drum in the middle school quad and by the Raider statue at the upper school.

Booths of a mini-arts festival lined the middle school quad and the Ansin Breezeway, both of which were decorated with Black History Month signs and flags. Authors Emmanuel Elize Norestin and Rockell Bartoli shared their works. Hair salon owner Lakeisha Jackson braided students' hair. The jewelry company Grain of Sand by Aneth offered African necklace making. Art work from Black artists was on display. There was a Miami Heat photo gallery.

Chef Alfredo Silva and his team from Sage Dining offered jerk chicken and roast pork loin with South African peri-peri sauce, African pilau masala rice, Jamaican coconut-curry tofu and African gumbo and Algerian vegetable (bouktouf) soup.

Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.