Immaculate Heart High School Students Honor Black History Month

Carrying signs, members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Black Student Association marched through the auditorium and onto the stage to begin the assembly.Transfiguration Elementary School students in grades second through eighth, including the members of their African Drum Line pictured here, made the assembly a special one.Singer/songwriter Jennifer Tapia and her father Théard Johnson were special guest speakers at the assembly.Immaculate Heart’s Black Student Association hosted the assembly in honor of Black History Month, led by faculty moderators Alessandra Molina (far left) and Carol Cobbs (second right).Four Immaculate Heart students who came from Transfiguration Elementary School pose with the current Transfiguration students. To the left, juniors Lauren Williams and Stephanie Elize (left) stand by Transfiguration music teacher Chris Nuño, while to the right, sophomore Najya Abdi and junior Toni Williams stand by Transfiguration dance teacher Chadric Johnson.


11:09 am | February 27, 2019

Members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Black Student Association led the school in a celebration of Black History Month and the richness of the school’s diversity with a special assembly.

Junior Emilee Anderson opened the event with a rousing version of “I Know Where I’ve Been” while fellow BSA members carried signs as they marched through the auditorium onto the stage. The signs, created by senior Morgan Rhodes, bore messages such as “Together We Stand United” and “We Are the Faces of Equality.”

Following BSA’s presentation, two guest speakers shared their experiences and advice with students. Educator Théard Johnson, Vice President of Operations and Coordinator of Volunteer Services for the Los Angeles Kingdom Day Parade Committee, highlighted a few of the many contributions that African-American citizens have made to the country. His daughter Jennifer Tapia, a singer/songwriter, shared two songs in which she reflected on the ways her faith strengthens and inspires her.

Transfiguration Elementary School students in grades second through eighth capped the assembly with inspiring performances from their Praise Team, African Drum Line, and African Dancers.

The entire event was organized by BSA moderators Carol Cobbs, Immaculate Heart’s assistant registrar, and IH academic counselor Alessandra Molina, Class of 2007. Cobbs has been involved with the BSA for the past five years and recently coordinated BSA’s participation in the 2019 Kingdom Day Parade, where students marched to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King Jr.

About Immaculate Heart

Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including the most prestigious schools in the country.

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