Terence “TC” Caston paired the unlikely topics Tuesday during a history lesson at his alma mater. After all, technology is certainly the subject he knows best.
Caston, a 1982 Sandusky High School graduate, now lives in Atlanta, where he is senior director of sales and engineering at Cellebrite USA, a company specializing in wireless technology.
He challenged Sandusky students to consider their role in modern-day movements at the school’s annual Black History Month assembly Tuesday.
By intertwining current concepts with historic undertones, Caston honed a message most students could relate to and understand.
“It’s difficult to grasp the concept of a U.S. civil rights movement when many of us have never lived without civil rights” Caston said. “There was a time when what’s happening today — a group of racially diverse students sitting in the same school — couldn’t happen”
Sandusky High School has hosted a Black History Month assembly for several decades to honor the district’s diversity and inspire students with successful keynote speakers.
At times, the presentations aim to get students thinking about history in unconventional ways.
This year’s assembly theme was “50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” It featured a brief speech from assistant principal Eric Talbot about the groundbreaking bill, which outlawed race-based discrimination from voting booths, places of employment, schools and public and private facilities in the U.S.
Several student organizations performed during the program, including the district’s a cappella and gospel choirs, its newly revitalized step team, and its SWAG club, which utilizes spoken word. The presentations aimed to celebrate black culture and highlight various forms of artistic expression.
“I thought the whole assembly went well, and it was a good opportunity to learn,” freshman step team member Kamarrion Page said.
Despite limited access to means of communication and no hightech gadgets, the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1960s still triumphed, Caston said.
He concluded Tuesday’s assembly by challenging students to use their technology to research and advance a cause today.
“You’re the most technologically advanced students in the history of mankind,” Caston said. “When much is given, much is required. Use this technology for the power of good, and to make the world a better place”
The message certainly resonated with one student, who said she left the program feeling inspired.
“I’m going to take what he said and do something with it,” sophomore De’shyra Reed said. “I really enjoyed his presentation, and I feel like I now know a lot about the civil rights movement that I didn’t know before”