Celebrating Black Health & Wellness

Capital City’s curriculum emphasizes Black history and culture year-round, but on February 24 the school community came together for our annual Black History Month celebration, a tradition since the school was founded in 2000.

Black History Month Celebration

The virtual event was attended by an array of people who make up the Capital City community – including staff, students, families, and educational stakeholders. Front Office Manager Brandon Honemond acted as emcee. 


Coach D and son

This year’s event focused on Black Health & Wellness, and featured art, narratives, and learning from students and staff across all three campuses. Athletic Director Adrian Degraffinreaidt made this video with his seventh-grade son Darian to talk about Black wellness during the pandemic and what they do as a family to stay physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

All three campus principals — Lower School Principal Míchelle Johnson, Middle School Principal Laina Cox, and High School Principal Belicia Reaves — were in attendance at the event. As Black women, each principal took some time to speak a bit about what Black History Month means to them.

"What is Black History Month for me? It’s a chance to celebrate the contributions, achievements, and legacy of my ancestors," said Principal Cox. "It’s a reminder that Black history is all history."

The event also included this video compilation of students talking about their Black History Month heroes, this traditional Sinte dance performance from high schoolers, a poetry reading from 10th grader Jada, and a slideshow narrated and illustrated by second-grade extended day program students about Josephine Baker, to name a few.

Sinte dance