Black History Month
Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center
2017 Black History Month (BHM)
Not excluding any other time of the year, February hones in on the opportunity to celebrate a rich and diverse culture, tradition, the history, and acknowledge the important contributions of black people. Black history month is an opportune time to educate the general public, to raise awareness about the unique challenges black people have faced both historically and in the present, and to celebrate how far we’ve come and where we are going.
In order to celebrate this rich culture the Thea Bowman AHANA Intercultural Center along with student organizations including, but not limited to the African Student Association, Haitian Student Association, and Cape Verdean Student Association developed a number of programs on campus. Opening ceremony focused on music with performances by B.E.A.T.S. (Boston College's only a cappella group that focuses on music that has shaped the black community in the United States) and Lovely Hoffman ’04 (New England urban music award winner, and multi-talented performer). BAIC also provided an interactive and guided paint experience hosted by Sanaa With Friends. Sanaa means art in Swahili, an east African language steeped in rich history and tradition. Lastly, closing ceremony focused on powerful and inspirational black women who have created success against all odds. Anawan Street Productions, a media house that brings forth visuals that both provoke and entertain audiences, headlined closing ceremony. The event opened by Phaymus (a Boston College all female hip-hop dance group) and transitioned into a film spotlighting 4 unique women who reached their career dreams amongst many obstacles.
Events also included spoken word hosted by Black Student Association, dance performances by SC, kanta karaoke hosted by Cape Verdean Student Association, the annual fashion show hosted by African Student Association, discussion panel about black liberation effects hosted by Haitian Student Association, Chambers Lecture Series ft. Dr. Bennet Omalu hosted by the Winston Center, MLK scholarship ceremony honoring Akosua Opokua’18, and an art exhibit titled “My Black is Beautiful” ft. Jordan Barros’19 (located on the 1st floor of O’Neill library). The ultimate goal is to celebrate all forms of black culture whether it be through art, dance, music, fashion, or all of the above. Attendance of the programs ranged from 25 to 75 students depending on the event and RSVP requirement.