Gladwyne shares important message with Maya Angelou's Human Family

Posted: February 21, 2017

As part of their celebration of Black History Month, Gladwyne Elementary School’s Cultural Proficiency Committee recently spearheaded a special video project celebrating diversity and inclusivity, which was shared at February’s school-wide Morning Meeting.

The video features a reading of an adapted version of Maya Angelou’s poem, Human Family, voiced by Gladwyne students and includes a series of wonderful images of children from throughout the school community.

Below is a transcript of the adapted version of Human Family, which is read in the video.

I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they live
the real reality.

The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight.
Brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land.
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

Mirror twins are different,
although their features jibe.
And children think quite different thoughts
while learning side-by-side.

We seek success and friendship,
compassion we will gain.
In minor ways we’re different,
in major ways the same.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

Last Updated: February 21, 2017

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