Black History and Culture Will Be Explained Through Student Performances

Black culture
Feb. 25, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Feb. 25, 2014) - Baylor University's department of multicultural affairs will sponsor the culminating event for its celebration of Black History Month -- The Evolution of Black History Culture Show -- from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The show will portray the highs and lows of African-American history.

During the first hour, guests may come and go as they please as they view various booths showcasing black history and culture and listen to African-American music and history facts.

"The Texas Collection will also be in attendance and will be displaying its exhibit called, 'Over the Generations: Documenting Waco's African-American Community through the Eyes of the Cobb Family,'" said Baylor senior Eseosa Azenabor, who spearheaded the cultural show.

The second hour will consist of presentations, dances, songs and other performances by student organizations, individual students and Portraits, a youth outreach program run by the department of multicultural affairs.

Prior to this event, the department sponsored many other events in honor of Black History Month, including Motown Karaoke; a jazz and poetry event called JaZZ and StanZas; and the Black Heritage Banquet, with actress Tamera Mowry-Housley as guest speaker.

"We were looking for an event that would summarize black history and the different aspects of the topics covered in the events put on this month," Azenabor said.

"We chose something more interactive because we believed it would have greater impact than simply handing out pamphlets. In order to get students out on a Wednesday evening, the event is built around being entertaining while also providing strong educational content."

The show will take place in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center, 1311 S. Fifth St.

For more information on Baylor's department of multicultural affairs, click here or visit its Facebook page to receive updates on its events.

by Rachel Miller, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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