Kevin Jennings Speaks about Making History at Concord Academy
November 26, 2018
The Community and Equity assembly on November 15 was a high point in this year’s 30th-anniversary celebration of Concord Academy’s GSA. Formerly the Gay-Straight Alliance, now known as the Gender Sexuality Alliance, this revolutionary safe space for LGBTQ+ people and allies was the first high school organization of its kind. Three decades after Kevin Jennings, then a CA history teacher, catalyzed the GSA’s founding, Concord Academy warmly welcomed him back to campus to present an assembly, “500 Years of Queers: An Overview of America’s LGBTQ History.” Jennings employed an educator’s seasoned instincts for engaging with complex subject matter and knowing when to get personal. His talk was adapted from a presentation he used to deliver in schools around Boston for LGBTQ History Month (which Jennings helped create). At CA, he demonstrated why knowing this history matters.