Granby High’s Ed Allison, who teaches African American studies, and four of his students participated in the United Nation’s 12th Annual Global Student Conference on Thursday.
Patricia O’Shea, Cathrine Gonzales, and Kirah Whitney were one of four student groups, and the only group from the United States, asked to present in this year’s event, which was themed “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice.” The presentations will be posted to UNESCO’s website in the coming days. The students’ talk stemmed from their capstone project Allison had his class complete this school year. It focused on the transatlantic slave trade and tied in Fort Monroe, as well as the students’ own unique family histories.
Student Aren De La Rosa produced a video for her capstone project, which will also be posted to UNESCO’s website and eventually woven into a display at Fort Monroe. The video dives into the arrival of the first Africans at Fort Monroe and the Angolan slave trade.
This year’s conference was virtual for the first time and had more than 500 students from 30 countries attend.