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  • Gabriel Nathaniel Bennett spoke to students about finding common ground with others.
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    Gabriel Nathaniel Bennett spoke to students about finding common ground with others.

Chesapeake High School Celebrates Diversity

Zach Sparks
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June 14, 2018

When Chesapeake High School celebrated Diversity Day on June 7, several group speakers educated a room of nearly 100 students about countries and customs all over the world, while also encouraging youth to be accepting of others.

“In life, you have to find the least common denominator when you want to connect with people,” word artist Gabriel Nathaniel Bennett told the students.

Joanne Foster told the crowd how people in Ghana name their babies by a Christian name and also by the day of the week they are born. Foster explained that young boys are taught to weave fabric.

Students also learned that Kwame Nkrumah was the first president of Ghana and that Ghana earned its independence from the British in 1957.

Asked why she participated in the event, Foster said, “I just heard everything that was going on with the racial strife … we have to stick together. Unity is it. We can help each other.”

These were the speakers, with their topics in parenthesis:
• Jay Offer (introductions and poetry)
• Ming Diaz (Cuba)
• Joanne Foster (Ghana)
• Gabriel Nathaniel Bennett (least common denominator)
• Aziz Abdur-Ra’oof (world religions)
• Dr. Maisha Gillins (diversity)
• Jules Valencia (immigration)

See the photo gallery from Diversity Day at

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