On Monday, The Black Student Association (BSA) at The University of Minnesota Duluth began their first ever Ebony Celebration.
The purpose of the week-long event is to celebrate, educate and spread awareness about African American/Black culture.
On Monday, BSA tabled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kirby Commons. There, they educated students and staff about the purpose of Ebony Week. In addition to this, the group sold Black Student Association 2016/17 shirts and hats.
On Tuesday, BSA volunteered at a local food shelf from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There, they fed people of all ages and walks of life. In addition to this, the group cleaned up the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial. The Memorial, located on the corner of 2nd Avenue East and First Street, remembers the 1920 lynchings of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, who were falsely accused of rape.
Wednesday, BSA will be playing a documentary titled, “The 13th” from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in room Education 50. The documentary investigates the roots of America's mass incarceration problem. It portrays links between the modern-day prison system and slavery. All are welcome to join.
Thursday, BSA will be hosting a panel discussion on African Diaspora, Faith and Religion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Kirby Rafters.
Friday, the group will be hosting a grand finale in Kirby Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The finale will include poetry, rap, singing and dancing. Anyone is welcome to perform and all are welcome to attend.
If you too would like to celebrate Black Excellence, be sure to check out some of the events going on during Ebony week.