"Cometry" Group Anchors MLK Day Sessions


What do you get when you cross a stand-up comedian with an award-winning slam poet?  They call themselves Cometry, and they have a good time approaching tough topics with teens across the country.

Iggy Mwela and Estaban Gast are two members of a larger performing troupe called Cometry, which blends stand-up comedy and slam poetry to address issues of equality and diversity in educational institutions across the nation.

The two spent nearly two hours this morning with a joint meeting of Dunn Middle School and Upper School students as part of our observance of Martin Luther King Day. The duo engaged students in performances and activities intended to teach about the difficulties of diversity. The two draw from their own experiences from immigrant families (Mwela's family is from Mali and Gast is from Columbia) and their experiences of growing up as "other" in the United States.

"The two dealt with difficult topics of difference and diversity with both levity and seriousness that connected well with the students," says Jon Hooten, spokesperson for the school. 

The duo were just one part of the School's observance of MLK Day. Faculty and students alike led special sessions on a variety fo topics, including "Taking a Knee in Pro Sports," "The School-Prison Pipeline," "The Blue Eyes-Brown Eyes Experiment," "Art and Activism," and "MLK and Militarism."

Classes resume normal schedule on Tuesday.