VOL. 2 | OCTOBER
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY Created by the Acalanes Diversity Board
Welcome Welcome to the second Acalanes diversity and equity newsletter! The goal of this newsletter is to talk about world wide events, spotlighting BIPOC, inform about Acalanes equity efforts, and more. If you would like to write in the newsletter, make your voice heard, or send us some feedback, feel free to DM us on Instagram @acalanes.diversity
National Hispanic Heritage Month From September 15th to October 15th the United States celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month. Although President Lyndon Johnson created National Hispanic Heritage Week, President Ronald Reagan expanded it to the month which celebrates the contributions and influence Hispanic Americas have had in the United States. People celebrate the month in different ways. Some people listen to Hispanic music, eat Hispanic food, and go to different festivals to celebrate. During the month, The United States Military also honors soldiers of Hispanic descent for their service to their nation. The start date of the month, September 15th also happens to be the independence dates of several Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and others.
Equity Clubs on Campus Asian Student Union - Black Student Union - Cultural Club - GirlUp - HAPI Club - Incorporating All Nationalities / Helping Others - Japan Club - Jewish Club - Latinos Unidos - QSA
Highlighting Albert John Luthuli Through his work as president-general of the African National Congress (ANC), Albert John Luthuli fought for civil rights for millions of people during apartheid in South Africa. As an advocate for equality and peace among all men, Luthuli connected the bridge between the culture of South Africa and the religious culture of Europe. Much like Nelson Mandela’s, Luthuli’s struggle against racial discrimination came with setbacks and arrests; none of which ended his battle for civil rights.To acknowledge his fight against apartheid, Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961. In 1948, the policy of apartheid was adopted by the National Party in South Africa. Apartheid, meaning “apartness” in Afrikaans, was a series of laws created to separate the people of South Africa and limit their freedom. Through the Race Classification Act, people were forced to take a test to classify them into different races disregarding their heritage or country of origin. The Mixed Marriages Act prohibited interracial marriage. To separate South Africans even further, the Group Areas Act forced certain people of certain races to live in certain neighborhoods.
In response to apartheid, Luthuli led nonviolent campaigns to protest discriminatory laws through his position at the ANC. The government quickly sought to impede his leadership by banning him from his public meetings for two years. Throughout his years as president-general, he was banned on a total of four occasions. His fourth ban forced him to permanently leave his home. Though these attempts to minimize his leadership, Luthuli continued to fight for human rights.
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History- The Birmingham Children's Crusade The Children’s Crusade was a peaceful protest in Birmingham, Alabama that took place on May 2, 1963. On this day, thousands of African American children marched on the streets to protest segregation. Bermingham was one of the most segregated cities at the time, and one of the many black students that lived there and went to the Children’s Crusade was Gwendolyn Webb. Although Webb was just 14 at the time she vividly remembers all of the signs that controlled her life growing up. Webb recalls her young self wanting to "know what the different tastes of the water was. Why was it white water, and colored water when all of it looked the same coming through the spout?” One of Martin Luther King Jr. associates, Rev. James Bevel set up and helped recruit for the march. During the march, thousands of children walked in protest of segregation. However, police soon came to stop the march. Children endured water pressure hitting them, being bitten by dogs, and rough treatment from the police. The police arrested many children whom spent days in jails before their parents could get them. Months after the march, President John F. Kennedy proposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that banned discrimination. Although, Kennedy was assassinated before he could sign it, President Lyndon Johnson succeeded him and signed the act, effectively banning segregation.
National Coming Out Day By the Queer Straight Alliance Club National Coming Out Day is October 11! This day works to increase awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and their identities, as well as celebrate everyone in the community, regardless of whether they’re in the closet or not. Coming out, or coming out of the closet, is when a member of the LGBTQ+ community reveals to someone that they are not straight or not their assigned gender at birth. Coming out is often a scary experience, and a lot of people fear not being accepted, or worse, being kicked out of their home or becoming subject to verbal and physical abuse. What should you do when someone comes out to you? Primarily, you should let them talk as much or a little as they want; some people may want to tell you all about how they discovered their sexuality or gender, and others might want to say “I’m ___” and be done with it. Match their energy: if they’re excited, be excited with them! If they are subdued, be subdued in your response. You should voice your acceptance and work to be a safe person for them to talk to. If someone comes out to you, they trust you enough to tell you a very personal thing, and you must take care of that information. Ask the person who came out who else knows and how secret this is, and respect their wishes with who else they are okay with knowing this information. Finally, independently from that conversation, educate yourself on the LGBTQ+ community and how to be a good ally to them. National Coming Out Day is a celebration of all people’s coming out stories and a moment in so many LGBTQ+ people’s lives.
Upcoming Equity Events
10/19- Acalanes Diversity and Latinos Unidos Club will screen the Latino List 10/21- Dialogue with the Latinos Unidos Club about the movie 10/30- Equity Council- Walton's Academy