Representing at the highest level

Vice President Kamala Harris's run for national office helped draw new attention to her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the long tradition of Black Greek Letter Organizations in the US.

 

For the past three years, Black sororities and their principles of service and sisterhood have been quietly visible in Gordon's highest offices in Head of School Noni Thomas López, representing Zeta Phi Beta, and Assistant Head Lynn Bowman who has been a longstanding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.

 

For inauguration day, they both wore their organization's colors today, and rocked pearls and Chucks in tribute to Vice President Harris and this historic moment.

 

They weren't the only ones thinking of Harris, and the importance of representation, leadership, and positive change, when they got dressed this morning.

 

There was plenty of red, white and blue along with Ms. Bowman's pink and green.

 

Pearls were for all ages.

 

Even the squirrels were feeling patriotic.

 

In Middle School meeting, where teamwork and sportsmanship are always on the agenda, Mr. Burnstein talked about the transition in terms of winning and losing gracefully.

 

They read some of the gracious and moving letters that outgoing presidents had left for their successors.

 

Then, Student Leadership Council co-presidents talked about the congratulatory texts they received from the runners up when they were elected to represent their fellow students.

 

Second grade wrote their own letters to the new administration.

 

Their letters showed a pretty fair grasp on the challenges facing the world.

 

They also demonstrated basic compassion, and even a little optimism.

 

In Kindergarten, the conversation was simpler, but no less relevant.

 

Green group was asked about their hopes for President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the country.

 

Their wishes? Stay safe. Stop fighting. Be OK.

 

There's a lot of work to do.

 

These students know that.

 

But they also know that help is on the way.

 

And in the faces of the helpers?

 

They can recognize themselves, their classmates, their teachers and their families in those faces.

 

Linda Borg of the Providence Journal helped amplify Gordon students' voices today with this article download as pdf
 

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