Glenfield African American Career Day

Glenfield African American Career Day
Posted on 02/19/2020
On Fri., Feb. 15, Glenfield Middle School held its annual African American Career Day as part of the school’s African American History Month observances. This year, since Glenfield is the Visual and Performing Arts magnet, all of the presenters were aligned with the magnet theme and the school theme for the year, "Setting the Stage for Success." Artists from a variety disciplines, including current and past cast members of The Lion King spoke to students about careers in the creative and performing arts.

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“I was told as a child to 'do something concrete with my life.' So I went into law,” said playwright David Lamb (below, right with his wife, playwright Jamillah Lamb). “But I'm here to tell students you can hold onto your dreams while being practical. You can still be successful and feel fulfilled.”

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“I love what I do,” said photographer Nana Annan (below, far left). “You can have all of it if you want to and do it the way you want to.

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Pictured from left: Annan, flutist Allison Loggins, artist Heather Williams, TV producer Rochelle Brown.

"I knew I wanted to be an artist at a young age, but it wasn’t necessarily encouraged to take that path,” said Williams. “I’m hoping to be an example that you can do what you love.”

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Pictured left: Jelani Remi (actor, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), Mdu Duma (singer/actor The Lion King), Bonita Hamilton (actor, The Lion King), India Bolds (dancer, The Lion King/Alvin Ailey)

Pictured right: Music producers Mendi and Keith Obadike

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Left: Glenfield social studies teacher Syreeta Carrington leads student assistants. Right: Glenfield parent/performer Marlaina Powell helped coordinate the event.

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