Speakers encouraged students, faculty and children to remember
African and African American history at all times during the
closing event of Black History Month Saturday night at the
University Village Center.
“We enhanced our knowledge of our ancestral connections,” said
Jennifer Molock, director of Black Student Services. “We touched
the lives of at least 1,500 individuals at CSU and across the Front
Black History Month ended with Africa Night, a celebration of
African culture and heritage.
“We want to bring knowledge and understanding of what Africa has
to offer the world,” said Lubna Farah, junior psychology student
and president of the African Student Association. “We’re bringing a
whole different Africa tonight.”
The night included a fashion show, authentic African dinner, a
presentation by Robert Oyugi, drumming, dancing and more.
Oyugi, editor and publisher of Ujama magazine, shared some
little-known details of African history and encouraged those
present to take pride in African history and heritage.
“I find it very crucial that, as Africans, at home and abroad,
we need to take charge of our destiny and start rewriting our
history,” Oyugi said. “Let’s stand back with our great heritage
that we have and prove to the world that we are a proud and
Hanna Selassie, owner of the Cassiopeia Clothing company,
presented a colorful fashion show with clothes from Ethiopia, Mali,
Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Molock reminded the audience to keep celebrating African
American history throughout the year.
“Many laid down their lives so we can have the opportunities we
now have,” she said. “Not one person can make this celebration
happen, just like not one person can make a difference in the
community. Black History Month is every month.”