Black History Month: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future
Posted on 02/26/2024
St. Thomas Aquinas High School witnessed a powerful confluence of art, history, culture, and inspiration during Black History Month, as the African American Heritage Club organized a series of events celebrating the achievements of its alumni and encouraging students to embrace their passions and potential.

The African American Heritage Club's "I Am Black History" initiative showcased the artistic talents of its members and guests through paintings that encapsulated individual expressions of black history. This crossover event between the AAHC and Art Club served as a testament to the club's commitment to fostering creativity and celebrating the rich tapestry of African American heritage within the school community.

I Am Black History

In another event, the African American Heritage Club and the History Department collaborated to host "A Conversation with Justin Dews." This thought-provoking dialogue featured Mr. Dews, a distinguished alumnus from the Class of 2007, who shared insights into his educational journey and illustrious legal career. He engaged students with anecdotes from his time at St. Thomas Aquinas, crediting influential educators like Ms. Luzhak and Ms. Acab for sparking his interest in government and law. His impressive career trajectory, including roles in the White House and significant contributions to the confirmation of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, served as a source of inspiration for the students present. The event also included a captivating Q&A session, where students sought advice on career choices, influential figures in his life, and future goals. He encouraged the students to "learn and grow from those around you" and emphasized the potential impact of every individual on future outcomes.

A Conversation with Justin Dews

Adding to the inspirational alumni showcase, the STA also welcomed back two accomplished alumnae, Jessica Boakye and Mildred Demby, from the Class of 2018. Both entrepreneurs, they shared their unique journeys, highlighting resilience and creativity in the face of challenges. Jessica Boakye, a Temple University graduate, demonstrated her entrepreneurial spirit by navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mildred Demby, currently a student at Rutgers University, showcased her success in launching a hat line inspired by the Negro League and turning adversity into triumph after a car accident.

Alumnae Entrepreneurs

To cap off the month of educational and inspirational events, African American Heritage Club members gathered to share their own personal stories and histories at “Celebrate Your Heritage Day.” Members attended the meeting ready to share foods, drinks, and facts related to their own individual and unique backgrounds.

Share Your Culture Day

St. Thomas Aquinas High School is grateful for the African American Heritage Club’s leadership in promoting a culture of celebration, inspiration, and empowerment, showcasing the rich diversity and accomplishments of the school’s students and alumni.