High Street Views: A Conversation about St. Benedict’s Prep
Bergen Room, 255-257
Founded on High Street, now Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., in 1868, St. Benedict’s has been educating young men in Newark and its surrounding towns for over 150 years. For the last 40 years the school has been dedicated to serving minority youngsters, and those from low-income backgrounds. St. Benedict's welcomes students from all racial, religious, and socioeconomic groups to create real diversity. Join in an inter-generational conversation with the school’s long-time headmaster, Reverend Edwin D. Leahy, O.S.B., historian Tom McCabe, Devionne Mclean-Johnson, a 2018 graduate and current Rutgers-Newark student, and Chrisley Alexis, a current student leader.
Doors open at 5:30pm with a reception and live jazz by the The Gray Bee Jazz Ensemble.
The Gray Bee Jazz Ensemble has been under the direction of Dr. Jeremy Fletcher for the past 12 years. During that time the students have performed with a number of jazz celebrities with local connections including SBP alumnus Garry Dial, Newark's own Antoinette Montague, WBGO Latin Jazz Cruise host and percussionist Bobby Sanabria as well as many others. Each year the Jazz Ensemble performs a theme based concert, with past events including tributes to Mary Lou Williams, East Orange's Reverend Peter Winstead, and this year's project Nuestro Tiempo: Celebrating the 50-year Legacy of Hispanic and Latino Students at SBP.