Some 40 students, faculty and administrators gathered in the Fillius Events Barn on Jan. 28 for a new event, Teach the Teacher, to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Phyllis Breland, Director of Opportunity Programs and Interim Director of Diversity and Inclusion, said the purpose of the event was “to bring to the forefront some of the other messages and passions of MLK…. (his) support of creativity, taking care of one another, and youth working with elders so that both can contribute to a better future.”
The evening began with a fajita bar dinner, then attendees split into groups.
One group learned contemporary dance moves in pop culture (the nay nay, milly rock, Harlem shake, cupid shuffle, the wobble). Student instructors Sacharja Cunningham ’19, Lashawn Russel-Ware ’19 and Shaina Coronel ’19 taught the group how to find their groove and learn new dance steps.
Other participants heard about slang/language from student instructors Adrian Summers ’19 and Amari Dumas ’20. That group also got a lesson in social media such as Instagram and Snapchat from student instructors Maggie Horne ’19 and Lilly Yangchen ’20.
“Considering that language, music, dance, and technology are often viewed as a means of divide - why not bridge them all for better understanding,” Breland said.