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Gallery: First week of anti-Black racism healing circle

Apr 20, 2021

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  • Ms. Fatuma Ali, English, leads students of color in discussions surrounding anti-Black racism.

  • Ms. Shannon Finnegan, social studies, leads white-presenting students in conversation with student council president Eden Lockhart, senior.

  • Conversations began with an opening statement and guided questions developed prior to the healing circles, found on the clipboards held by affinity group leaders.

  • Jordan Kuhl, sophomore, shares her thoughts with other members of the healing circle.

  • George Jackson, senior, passes a “Talking Stick” to Ms. Ali.

  • Ms. Finnegan discusses the recent killing of Daunte Wright and the murder trial of Derek Chauvin.

  • Students and faculty members shared their opinions and experiences while going around the circle.

  • Students sit in respectful silence as they listen to their peer’s experiences.

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On Thursday, May 15 HHS held healing circles for students to participate and discuss Anti-Black racism happening in our community. Healing circles were split into two separate groups separated by a barrier, one for students of color and another for white-presenting students. 

The following day, a virtual healing circle was held to process anti-Asian racism and recent acts of violence. These affinity groups will be held again this Thursday and Friday with anti-Asian racism discussions in-person and an anti-Black racism conversation through Google Meet.

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