On February 25th, students from all grade levels were invited to the commons to listen a presentation about Black History Month. Alex Sannie was invited to share his experience with the students and share his personal experiences.
Alex Sannie is an accomplished music producer/ performer and presenter. He’s played many major music travelled the world playing many major festivals including a show during the Vancouver Olympics. He’s had his music featured in major Hollywood films, television shows and ad campaigns and has worked and shared the stage with the industry heavyweights like Nas, Jurassic 5, Sam Kuti, Childish Gambino, A tribe called red, Shad, and Mike D of the Beastie Boys.
He’s worked with youth his entire adult life and loves opportunities connect with them and to learn from them while still offering his unique point of view in discussions.
Topics that were discussed included Alex’s personal experience in dealing with racism and how he turns these moments into a teaching moment instead of getting angry. Students and teachers asked questions like is it okay to use the N word in songs and some strategies people need to take in dealing with uncomfortable situations.
Out of interest of the students, Jason Pinder and Monica Gadsby formed a black student union. Students meet on a weekly basis during lunch to discuss topics such as black pride, privilege and media perceptions. Its a place where students feel comfortable talking about what it means to be a person of colour and different experiences.