Learning About Black History Month with Our Student-Led DEI Club

Our Seniors-in-Charge (SICs) of LCS’s student-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Club, Sarah ’22 and Clea ’22 are acting as guides for their fellow peers and club members as they plan activities and initiatives to acknowledge and celebrate Black History Month

Motivated to drive exploration and conversations about Black History Month, the DEI Club is working with other student clubs on plans to educate the wider school community through a variety of resources. “Exploring the culture behind this month of recognition and celebration is a foundational principle that is guiding our efforts,” says Clea ’22 and Sarah ’22. 

Members of the DEI Club have been provided with the space to explore aspects of Black culture that pique their curiosity, ranging from music, art, literature, films, businesses, and more. The students are currently in the process of creating a document full of resources and information designed to address concepts such as pluralism in identity, code-switching, hybridity, double consciousness, cancel culture, and more. It will be shared with the entire school next week and is meant to “live” as a dynamic resource that will grow over time through the contributions of their peers and it will continue to grow and expand as they learn more about Black History Month. 

Through each of the student clubs, our SICs have devised creative ways in which they can uniquely address Black History Month with their peers. For example, the DEI Club is in the process of connecting the Business Club with the Entrepreneurship Club to help educate students enrolled in Economics and Business courses about the impact of race and culture in a marketplace setting. Students involved in the Terrapin Times (our student-run newspaper) are considering how they can use their writing and research skills to address Black History Month through articles in the next issue of the school paper, which is digitally distributed to their peers and the broader LCS community. 

Our students have also explored different mediums, such as films and books, that they can examine throughout the month to learn more about Black culture and the lived experiences of Black people. 

Today, we are sharing the films they recommend watching to celebrate and honour Black figures of influence. 

Feature-length films:
  • 13th - Netflix 

  • Hidden Figures - Amazon Prime

  • Maya Angelou: And I Still Rise - Amazon Prime 

  • King in the Wilderness - Crave

  • Freedom Riders - Amazon Prime

  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - Amazon Prime

  • Malcolm X - Amazon Prime

  • The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 - Amazon Prime

  • The Death and Life of Marsha P.Johnson - Netflix

  • Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé - Netflix

  • Skate Kitchen - Apple Tv

  • Queen of Katwe - Disney +

  • Judas and the Black Messiah - Crave

  • Hoop Dreams - Amazon Prime

  • Becoming Michelle Obama - Netflix
  • Miss Juneteenth - Crave

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Disney +

  • Black Panther - Disney+

  • Moonlight - Amazon Prime

  • The Pursuit of Happyness - Netflix

  • Creed - Amazon Prime

  • Soul - Disney+

  • Sorry to Bother You - Netflix

  • Dope - Netflix

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco - Netflix

Short Films:
Stay tuned next week for our students’ book recommendations.



Want to learn more from our DEI Club? Read and watch our interview with them about performative activism.
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