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Black History Month Programming Continues with Jitney, Ebro Darden

Prep's Black History Month events continued this week, with an assembly on Tuesday featuring radio personality and executive Ebro Darden, and a field trip on Wednesday for the entire junior class to see August Wilson's Jitney on Broadway.

On Tuesday afternoon, Prep hosted Ebro Darden for a discussion on diversity, and on how to engage in sometimes difficult dialogue about race, ethnicity, and political and religious beliefs. In a time when discussions of serious issues can easily devolve into arguments, he said, it is up to each of us to strive for honesty and openness. "If you want to be understood," he explained, "start with understanding." He related a similar lesson from his early days in the media industry: "I learned the only way someone will care about your story, is when they see you care about theirs."

"I implore each of you, when you walk out of here today, to keep an open mind," he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, the entire junior class – 235 strong – braved the matinee day Midtown crowds to reach the Samuel Friedman Theatre for a performance of August Wilson's Jitney. The trip was organized by Dr. Dominic Scibilia of the religion department, and facilitated by several members of the faculty and administration. Following the show, the students had the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the cast (pictured below).