Upper School Students March to Marin City
On Thursday, February 4, over 100 upper school students, faculty, and administrators marched from Marin Horizon's main campus in Mill Valley to Rocky Graham Park in Marin City. Marin City is the most racially diverse city in all of Marin, with mostly Black and Latinx families, many of whom are a part of Marin Horizon and Horizon Community School. With the start of the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, February 1-5, and to kick off Black History month, we thought it was appropriate and mission-aligned to do the march. Black Lives Matter at School is a national coalition organizing for racial justice in education. Their motto is: A Week of Action. A Year of Purpose. A Lifetime of Practice.
This fall, students have been learning and engaging in courageous conversations about identity, race, gender and various -isms (racism and sexism, for example) that plague our nation. This was an opportunity for our students to exercise their voice and agency in support of racial justice, and more specifically Black lives.
There was an exciting, student-centered program at Rocky Graham Park. We heard from student speakers from each grade level, who shared various pieces of writing—from letters to Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, reflections on why Black lives matter, and ally statements written by different racial affinity groups. Our opening speaker was Lynnette Egenlauf, Marin City native and Community Service District Board Member. The closing speaker was our very own Ramona Polk, also a Marin City native and Marin Horizon’s Admissions Associate.
Thank you for supporting our racial justice activists!
Organized by: Rochelle Reodica, Stevie Lee, Andres DeRosales, Nikki Tokar, Pauline Bohn, and Victoria Huerta-Miller (Planning Committee) and the Upper School team
*Please Note: To follow COVID protocols, students in grade-level cohorts left at staggered times, were physically distanced, and wore masks at all times. They were spread out across Rocky Graham Park during the program.
Non-discrimination policy: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender identification, disability or other category protected by law. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School's non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy: Name: Laurie Kelly, Title: Accounting Manager, Office Address: 305 Montford Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941, Telephone Number: (415) 384-4232, Email Address: Laurie@marinhorizon.org For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.