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Upper School teacher and community service coordinator Kelly Weber participated in a “Race and Reconciliation” program in New Orleans, LA. Sponsored by the Network of Sacred Heart Schools and the Duchesne House for Volunteers, the five day program with eleven educators of the Sacred Heart explored the history of racial injustice in the United States. The history of New Orleans provided ample opportunities to engage with this topic as the group visited a variety of places such as The Whitney Plantation, the Community Book Center, Le Musée de f.p.c., and Studio Be, featuring the street art of Brandon B-Mike Odums. The group also participated in discussions with local leaders such as the Rev. Dr. Denise Graves and with Sisters of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who worked on the complicated history of the Sacred Heart in America during the pre-Civil War period. On the last full day, the educators were invited to participate in a sacred drum circle in Congo Square, which has served as Sunday gathering space for people of color since the 1720s. It is famous for its influence on African American music and the eventual creation of jazz. The group spent time brainstorming ways to bring these topics back to their schools and throughout the Network, whose mission promises “the service of education in other activities for human development and the promotion of justice.”