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Walking with Giants

Celebrating Black History

Lower School Black History Month Chapel
Nichole Francis Reynolds; Clark ’30; Cooper ’30; C Form Homeroom Teacher Bharti Vural; Grammy-nominated singer, writer, and NCS father Juan Winans; and Lower School Chaplain Rev. Leslie Chadwick

The Lower School recently kicked off its Black History Month celebration with a special chapel service in Trapier Theater. Cooper ’30 offered a chapel talk about baseball great Jackie Robinson and how he changed Major League Baseball as the first Black player in the league. Clark ’30 acknowledged those he considers “giants” who paved ways for others in his chapel talk. Said Clark, “I believe that we all can become giants in our own way. If we work hard, help others, and make this world a better place, we may inspire others to do the same.”

Lower School Black History Month Chapel
Nichole Francis Reynolds (right) with the late Congressman John Lewis (center), and Michael Collins (left), his former Chief of Staff, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

They then welcomed Nichole Francis Reynolds, Clark’s mother, who is an attorney, former Capitol Hill chief of staff, and currently vice president of Global Government Relations at ServiceNow, as the guest speaker. Mrs. Francis Reynolds shared her experience crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., with the late Congressmen John Lewis. As she shared where her dreams had taken her in life, she reminded students to “Live your life on purpose, with purpose, and begin doing that NOW!”

Lower School Black History Month Chapel
The Reynolds family with the late Congressman John Lewis in Washington National Cathedral.

Grammy-nominated singer, writer, and recording artist and NCS father Juan Winans of the legendary gospel music family helped close the service singing the inspirational song “Now,” which features portions of Congressman Lewis’s 1963 speech at the historic March on Washington.

Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.