Baruch kicks off Black History Month series with food and dance
To kick-off Black History Month, Baruch’s Office of Student Life and various African-American clubs held an opening ceremony on Feb. 7. This year’s Black History Month theme is “Roots of Royalty,” which aims to celebrate the various backgrounds between Africans, Caribbeans and Black Americans.
The clubs and organizations present had their members stationed at tables, giving small presentations to students.
There was also authentic food served at a central table near OSL’s office, as well as free items given out by student leaders of the event.
Ashley Okonkwo, the new Black Male Initiative coordinator, was hosting a dashiki giveaway at her stationed table. A dashiki is a colorful garment worn by both women and men in West Africa.
She says that her reason for this giveaway was that she simply wanted to “share this dashiki with Baruch students.” She had brought the garment back from Nigeria during a recent visit.
By welcoming Black History Month, Baruch students were able to showcase their cultural backgrounds and appreciate their roots, which emphasizes the theme “Roots of Royalty.”