HSA General Meeting Recap

HSA General Meeting #2: Lafayette-Pointer Park History: Where We’ve Been and Taking Action Today

Thank you to everyone who joined our second HSA General Meeting of the year. We learned about the history of Lafayette-Pointer Park from Cate Atkinson of Historic Chevy Chase, D.C. and James Fisher, who is a 7th generation direct descendant of George Pointer. 

Lafayette Peace Teacher and Racial Equity Committee Co-Leader Ms. Ryden created this video to learn more about the history of the park and our school. It is a great resource to share with your kids.

Principal Dr. B also shared how teaching about race and equity is a priority for the school. Ms Ryden and Ms McArthur spoke about their work leading Lafayette’s Racial Equity Committee and how Lafayette engages students through the Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose and extracurricular activities, including She REIGNS, SPARK Club, Kaleidoscope Kids, and Kings. They encourage parents to be in touch if they have any questions. They also recommend having discussions with kids at home, including them in our learning, and exposing them to different viewpoints, authors of color, books that celebrate different cultures or have protagonists of color. See the list at the bottom of this recap for helpful resources.

Former Lafayette student Marleigh McKay also shared her experience advocating for Lafayette-Pointer Park’s name change and what it meant to her. You can catch her activism at the end of the video linked above. 

HSA’s DEI Committee Co-Chair Brittany Bolston shared what the HSA is doing to promote a community of belonging, including exciting upcoming DEI media club events like book club, a talk by speaker Mark Charles on Thursday, December 1 on tackling the roots of white supremacy, and a parent and student event in February where we will watch Ruby Bridges on our own and come together to discuss the film. There are hikes, Georgetown basketball games, and additional speaker and media club events that are in the works for the new year. Be sure to read the Tuesday Bulletin and check out the Lafayette calendar for more info. 

It was an informative meeting and we hope you all will reach out to learn more and share this important history with your children. 

Helpful Resources:

Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose 2022-23 & Resources from Ms. Ryden and Ms. McArthur:

The following are some of the resources that Ms Ryden and Ms McArthur have shared with their students between SY21-22 and now as part of our Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose project. Questions? Contact Linda Ryden () or Syreetta McArthur (


  • Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose Video:  

Black Lives Matter Year of Purpose Intro Video for 22-23 


  •  Adult Resources: 

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack’ and ‘Some Notes for Facilitators’ | National SEED Project 

Quick read on Ubuntu 

Why Hugging Out Racism in Education Just Won’t Cut it 

How Students of Color Confront Imposter Syndrome 

Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools 

Deconstructing the Myth of the First Thanksgiving 

Why Environmental Justice is Racial Justice   

Racism is Killing the Planet 

White People Facing Race 

Colony in a Nation, Chris Hayes 

American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang 

Stamped, Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi 


  • Student Resources:  

I am You A book about Ubuntu 

Ubuntu Song 

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott – readingisresistance.com 

The Proudest Blue 

We Sang You Home 

My Heart Fills With Happiness 

Fry Bread 

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids Edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith  

Crossing Bok Chitto: A Choctaw Tale of Friendship & Freedom By Tim Tingle  

Hair Love (read-aloud) by Matthew A. Cherry 

Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut 

Black History Slideshow   

Stacy’s Extraordinary Words by Stacy Abrams 

Black People Who Changed the World 

Hair Love short movie 

Little Miss Flint 

We are Water Protectors - read aloud 

Wangari’s Trees of Peace - read aloud  

We’re All Connected Dance 

When We Were Alone, David Robertson