Look out for Black History Month events
With the new semester upon us, we all have the opportunity for a fresh start, which also means new African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Native American (ALANA) Events and weekly meetings. The spring semester for ALANA contains some important and beneficial events for the campus community. First, ALANA holds weekly meetings on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. At our first meeting, we welcome all new and old members, and will be enjoying snacks, and participating in icebreakers. We welcome you to join us.
During the month of February, we will celebrate Black History Month. As a precursor to the month, the ALANA Network, along with the Cross Cultural Center, sponsored an evening of music by our very own Assumption College Jazz Band, followed by a speaker Dr. Joyce McNickles. Dr. McNickles spoke about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his dreams and whether or not those dreams have been fulfilled, or continue to this day.
There will be a Black History Month dinner in Taylor Dining on February 6 starting at 4:30 p.m. This dinner will feature special foods, as well as decorations and displays celebrating the accomplishments African Americans have made. There will also be a panel/dialogue on the use of the “N” Word, which will take place on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Kennedy 112, where we will be having a discussion on the word and the use of it. The next event, a ‘90s Kid and Play House Party will be held on February 16 from 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. in Hagan Hall. Students are encouraged to dress up in 90s apparel for this event. The next event for Black History Month will be Hound N’ Out on February 22, at 7 p.m. This is Assumption’s version of the popular rap battle TV show called Wild N’ Out. For this event, you and your friends can make a team and compete against other teams where the best roasting team will win.
The last event for Black History Month will be a special Mass in our chapel, led by Fr. Warren Savage, an African-American priest of the Diocese of Springfield, who graduated from Assumption in 1974 and worked in the College’s Admission Office for a year after graduation. An international speaker, lecturer and mission preacher, he teaches in the Religious Studies Department of the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Mass., and serves as the Catholic Chaplain at Westfield State University and Amherst College. Fr. Savage is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, and a member and past Vice President of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus. He has been involved in prison ministry and in ministry with people living with HIV/AIDS. He has done extensive work in the areas of lay ministry formation, youth ministry, social justice, anti-racism, multicultural and diversity training and cross-cultural ministry in Africa and Central America. The Mass is scheduled for Sunday February 25, at 7:00 p.m. in the Chapel of The Holy Spirit.
Stay tuned for more information on our annual Step and Dance competition on Saturday April 14, from 1-4 p.m. The ALANA family is excited to be back and welcome you all to join our family this semester if you have not already. We hope to see you at our weekly meetings and upcoming events.
Nisreen Yatim, a junior, studies human services and rehabilitation. She is a staff writer for Le Provocateur.