Betty Fairfax HS Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted by Community Relations on 1/21/2016

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and upcoming Black History Month, Betty Fairfax High School’s Black Student Union and the Historically Black Colleges & Universities Club presented the one-act play, Black Women Walking, at two assemblies, January 15.  The play, directed by Kevvin Taylor, took the audiences back in time highlighting the extraordinary achievements of several great female leaders in African American history. The students were able to participate and get a sense of what it might have been like to travel with Harriet Tubman on one of her Underground Railroad journeys. They reenacted feeling afraid of being caught, keeping quiet, blending in with neutral colored clothing, following the North Star, and covering up when they heard noises.  The performance was followed by a discussion of the plays’ themes and messages involving the cast, audience and director.

Fairfax Alumnus Reggie Gilbert, who graduated and played college football at the University of Arizona will be playing in the 5th annual NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl. The NFLPA game is the only game for the players, by the players – is scheduled for 4 p.m., Saturday, January 23 and will air nationally on ESPN2. In addition, American and National Team practices on January 20 and 21 will be televised live on ESPNU. Gilbert will be wearing # 98 for Team America.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl experience is much more than a game for the participating players. For one week, participants will receive an in-depth introduction to their future union and industry. The NFLPA, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2016, is the primary resource for players for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in their post-football careers.