Smith Academy Sophomore to receive Bright Lights Diversity Award

 Angela Rivero has been named as one of GCC's Bright Lights Diversity Award winners

We are extremely proud to share  that Sophomore, Angela Rivero has been recognized by the Diversity Standing Committee at GCC as one of the recipients of the  Bright Lights and Living the Dream Awards for 2021. These awards go to individuals or organizations that have carried on the ideals of MLK in their school or community. The year’s awardees will be recognized at the upcoming All College meeting on February 8th at Noon.

In his book, Where Do We go From Here?, Martin Luther King, Jr. stated:

We have inherited a large house, a great “world house” in which we have to live together-black and white, Easterner and Westerner, Gentile and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, Moslem and Hindu--a family unduly separated in ideas, culture and interest, who, because we can never again live apart, must learn somehow to live with each other in peace.

These awardees embody the community engagement and compassionate leadership that reflects the best of our society. They represent people from different age groups, backgrounds and while their focus on social justice is similar, their paths show us that we can all make a difference no matter where our proclivities take us. We are proud to celebrate their work and successes.

The Bright Lights Award is for young people and this year’s recipients are Angela Rivero and Yosola Camille.

Angela Rivero was nominated for her local activism. Angela was inspired to organize a protest in Northampton in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23, 2020. The protest attracted over 200 participants. “We live in a country where injustices like this happen every single day. A country where me saying my own life matters is a political statement,” Rivero continued. “Our skin is not a weapon. Our skin is not a threat. Our skin is not justification for brutality and abuse. I am standing here today because all Black lives matter, and we will be heard.”

Yosola Camille was nominated for Black Room and her co-organization of the Jacob Blake Protest. At 14, Yosola co-organized Black Room with Nina Drummond. Black Room is a local organization that provides decorations for indoor and outdoor spaces that honor Black history. Yosola used her business to support Angela Rivero in organizing the Northampton Jacob Blake protest.

You are invited to read more details about Angela and Yosala in the two articles below:

Article 1

Article 2


The Smith Academy community is invited to watch the meeting where Angela and Yosola will be recognized for their work. The link is below:

Meeting Link


 Topic: February All College Meeting


        Time: Feb 8, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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