AKEBA’s (BSU) first black history Mock Tail Party was held on Friday February, 27 2009. The night was memorable and emotional. I learned so much while battling emotions. There was outstanding poetry from students as well as faculty.
An Africana studies professor was invited to speak at the event and he opened my eyes. He spoke about America and how he is happy to see this country come this far with the election of an African-American President. He encouraged the audience to take Africana courses and to learn more about our past. One thing he asked that was “if you were cheering for Barack on November 4, 2008, then what are you doing to help bring forth change?” I thought to myself, knowing that I was definitely cheering for Barack, what am I doing to bring forth change? I am getting an education, does that count as something? I realized that it sometimes isn’t what we are doing for ourselves, but what are we doing to help each other. As a race that has been oppressed we need to look forward and help one another rise through our struggles. Although, I still consider getting an education as “change” I see it as small form of change on my part.
We also had my mentor, Dr. Christopher Emdin, come to speak at the event. He talked about the house slave and the field slave concept. He talked about how the house slave would get treated special. The house slave lives in the attic and was taught how to read by the slave master. In turn the in house slave would sneak and teach the field slave. This can be compared to present day, we should all help one another succeed. When I see a colleague struggling I offer them help. We can all make it to the top and enjoy the experience together. Who ever said there wasn’t enough space?
I had a great time, left there inspired and more educated. Thanks to everyone who showed support!