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Billboard Chart artist and edutainer Griot B to headline Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration.


The Pomfret community will welcome educator, artist, and historian Brandon “Griot B” Brown to the Hilltop as the keynote speaker for our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 17. In addition to his keynote address, he will facilitate a faculty professional development workshop. 

“To say ‘Griot B is amazing’ is an understatement,” expressed Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. Cory McCarter. “He is known as the Bill Nye of history. His songs are so much fun and catchy that you don’t realize that you are learning. After attending his keynote, the students will leave with more than they came in with — this is not your typical Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event focused on civil rights — the students will leave feeling uplifted and that representation of all groups matters.”

Brown began his career as a public school teacher and used hip-hop in his classes to increase student engagement, comprehension, and achievement. He goes by the name Griot B after the West African tradition of an individual known as a griot being charged with telling the history of the village or kingdom through stories and music. Griot B’s performances focus on US history, particularly Black history. His songs have earned him Billboard Chart artist accreditation and have been compared to the musical numbers in Hamilton

In 2015, Brown founded School Yard Rap, a Black-owned edutainment consulting, curriculum, and content production company that specializes in celebrating the diversity of American culture. Its mission is to build awareness, knowledge, and competencies for excellence and equity in schools. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in African American studies from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s degree in education from Pepperdine University. 

The theme of our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is the Beloved Community — a global vision of a society based on freedom, justice, equal opportunity, and love for one another. In the Beloved Community, every members' needs are met, and each individual can be their true self without fear of violence, discrimination, or prejudice. For Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beloved Community was not just a philosophical concept — it was an attainable future worth pursuing despite the long and challenging road ahead. In addition to Brown’s performance, students from all affinity groups, as well as other student leaders, will conduct workshops for their peers focused on achieving King's vision of the Beloved Community at Pomfret and around the world. 

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