Trinity’s Organization of African American Unity (OAAU) welcomed students and faculty to join in the Celebration of African American Culture on Wednesday, February 27. Attendees shared a delicious meal while enjoying performances of dance, music, and poetry.
The Gospel Choir made an appearance singing “I Shall Wear a Crown,” and many students performed solo acts. Rochelle Burks ’14 of Downers Grove, Illinois, played a drum solo on a djembe, a traditional African drum.
Poetry was shared by Dominique Evans ’14 of Glenwood, Illinois, reading Langston Hughes’ “Weary Blues,” and by Ranesha McGee ’15 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reading Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise.”
Evans serves as president of the OAAU and worked hard to make the evening a success. “We want to let the campus know the importance of African American culture and the contributions it makes to American culture,” Evans said. “We want to bring diversity to Trinity’s campus through more events like this.”
The OAAU seeks to promote, understand, and appreciate the history of African Americans within the larger Trinity community, as well as serve as a voice for students of minority backgrounds.