Black History Month Celebration: To Be Young, Gifted and Black
Yesterday evening the Field community held a dynamic celebration of Black History Month with the event: To Be Young, Gifted and Black.
This gathering was designed by students (performing with faculty and staff) to recognize, salute, and honor the achievements of black people and culture throughout the diaspora.
From the opening drumming and dancing led by West African dance group KanKouran, to a traditional libation ceremony honoring the ancestors, to a step routine, we experienced an evening with a diversity of black culture through food, performance, and intention.
The themes of resilience, representation, and revolution were woven throughout the program through video, spoken word, dance, and poems. Students and staff shared original stories that captured the importance of black athletes who made history and paved the way for those coming behind them, celebrated attending an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), detailed an experience with racial profiling, addressed the stereotypes facing black boys, and embraced Eritrean culture and identity!
During intermission, everyone came together for some line dancing as they awaited the second half of performances. The evening closed with a powerful rendition of everyone singing the Black National Anthem - "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Congratulations to all of the performers and planners for a night that we won't soon forget.