Only in African American Affinity Group (AAAG) do civil rights, clowning around and popular music convene.
Upper School students assembled in the Lowe Theater, Feb. 6 to recognize National Black History Month with a chapel sponsored by African American Affinity Group (AAAG). Senior presidents Briana Williams, Haishat Alli and Lauren Lockett organized the event.
Chapel kicked off with a rendition of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” which was followed by a performance of Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout you” by freshman Nalyah Johnson.
Sophomore Isabel Wallace-Green performed a dance solo in last year’s AAAG chapel and exceeded expectations this year with a sassy performance set to Chiddy Bang’s ”Mind Your Manners.”
“Isabel is my dance idol,” sophomore Tanvi Varadachary said.
Wallace-Green also participated in the finale number, “Dance Through the Ages,” which featured the majority of AAAG performing dances that have been popular within African and African-American culture throughout history.
The dance began with a traditional African dance led by freshman Lauren Amaris Smith, and then segwayed into swing dancing, the twist and even a youtube video illustrating a plethora of popular dance styles.
The number ended with all the dancers performing to a mix of modern songs including Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and Soulja Boy’s “Crank That (Soulja Boy).”
“I was so glad that everyone danced this year,” Wallace-Green said. “It was like having a huge block party on stage.”
The chapel’s keynote speaker, Bobbi Porsche (‘08), was recently admitted to University of Texas Medical School after graduating Cum Laude at Ohio State University.
Porsche, a self-described class clown, kept her speech light by poking fun at herself during her high school years and even showing a few pictures of herself in Dress Like Kinkaid Day attire and advertising an anti-Episcopal sign in Whataburger.
But with an anecdote about her experiences running for SAC, Porsche called for all students to overcome obstacles and stereotypes in order to pursue their passions.
“The speaker was one of the best I’ve seen in chapel. Her articulation coupled with the inspiring message really blew me away,” sophomore Luke Kramer said.
Sophomore participant Grant Guillory said, “It was really fun to work on the chapel, and I liked getting the opportunity to dance in front of all my friends.”
Article by Megan Routbort
Filmed by Oliver Ruhl. Edited by Samantha Neal