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McDonogh’s Sankofa Club held its sixth annual conference on Friday, February 26, marking the first time the event has been held virtually. The Sankofa Conference, which began in 2015, is an annual student-planned and led, day-long event that seeks to give upper schoolers a place to learn about themselves, gain a new perspective on others, branch out, and be inspired.
Over the past six years, the conference has continually grown and attracted an increasing number of students from more area schools. Last year, the Sankofa Club purposefully kept the number of attendees lower to ensure everyone enjoyed the best experience possible. This year, due to the pandemic, the Sankofa leaders decided to keep the focus on their fellow classmates, creating a virtual event for McDonogh students only.
Students were invited to two sessions geared toward fostering conversation. The first session focused on Black entertainment and role models within the Black community, and the second session centered around the topic of colorism and discrimination. To end the day, students heard from Chicago Bears defensive back Kyle Fuller who shared his life experiences and lessons he learned along the way.
In addition to the conference, the Sankofa Club also arranged other events during February in honor of Black History Month. They kicked things off with a video that explained the origins of Black History Month, facilitated a discussion about Black history and American history with Upper School history teachers John Wood and Marilyn Boyle, and organized a panel discussion, The Impact of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the American Experience.