Armenian high school students from throughout Glendale will present "Nine Decades of Denial," on Thursday–April 21–in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.
The student-driven event–organized by members of Armenian clubs from Hoover High–Glendale High–Clark Magnet–and Crescenta Valley High–will feature guest singers and speakers–traditional dances and music–skits–poetry–and video presentations.
"What these students are doing is conveying their values and their views about the Armenian genocide. It’s an expression of their pain–anger–and ultimately hope," says GUSD Board of Education member Greg Krikorian. Highlighting the importance of community support for the event–Krikorian stresses that we have to listen to this generation and provide whatever necessary support for the actualization of their vision for justice–and their desire for proper recognition of the Armenian genocide.
A member of the organizing committee and Clark Magnet Alumni Patrick Der Ohanian explains that vision: "I hope that in the future–we gain recognition–along with reparations. Then our job will have been complete." Der Ohanian also commended the unified effort by high school students who have organized similar events four years in a row now.
The event will take place at Glendale High School auditorium on this Thursday at 7 p.m. sharp. Admission is free.