This week a few lucky MiT 15s got to attend the Children’s Defense Fund’s 40th anniversary celebration at the Kennedy Center. Blanche Heard, an amazing member of the Dunbar Alumni Federation gave us these amazing tickets! We are so lucky that the Dunbar community is so supportive of us! After a pizza dinner at school the girls got all dressed up (SO glad we’ve given the girls some beautiful dresses over the last year, they all had something perfect to wear!) and we headed out to KenCen.
The girls (and some of the board members) had never been to the Kennedy Center before and it was wonderful to show them the gorgeous building, the gardens and the incredible view. But nothing compared to seeing the students of the Freedom Schools, the singers, cellists, and tap dancers who look like them, Geoffrey Canada and all of the INCREDIBLE stories of perseverance, determination and success in the face of incredible odds. So many of the evening’s speakers had faced the same situations that our girls are coming from right now and it was amazing for them to see young men and women with similar backgrounds telling their stories about how education, mentoring and hard work got them to that stage.
On top of all of that, the most incredible moment was hearing Marian Wright Edelman and Hillary Clinton speak. How lucky is that? For our girls to get to see and hear both of these amazing women on the same stage in the same night was extraordinary. It was an experience they’ll never forget.
We would never be able to give our girls these experiences without our amazing supporters. Thanks so much Ms. Heard!