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ONLINE: OSAD Week celebrates Black History Month

by Tori Martinez - Lifestyles Editor
Sun, Feb 19th 2017 12:00 am

 As we near the end of Black History Month, there will be one last full week of educational, emotional and exciting events fitting February's celebration. The Organization for Students of African Descent will host its "OSAD Week" with events beginning Monday, Feb. 20 and ending Saturday, Feb. 25, excluding Friday. The week's weekday events will be educational and interactive, ending the week with the club's fifth annual All Black Everything showcase.

Monday's kickoff "We Are OSAD" event will take place in the Union Gallery at 8 p.m. The session will include information about the history of the club and the clubs influence on students and campus diversity, led by event coordinator Arlyn Lleras and promotion director Ladaisia Holly. Snacks and refreshments will be served, along with a few giveaways.

Secretary Ajibola Kutti will lead Tuesday's "The Tea" at 9 p.m. in Seymour College Union room 119. It will be a discussion of how self-esteem and body image are influenced by the stereotypes of African Americans across different media platforms.

Wednesday's event will be a discussion of the 2016 documentary "The 13th" directed by Ava DeVarnay, led by vice president Paul Wayans, treasurer Julian Moody and historian Cesar Coronado. The documentary explores mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States and the perpetuation of slavery through the criminal justice system. It is titled "The 13th" after the Thirteenth Amendment which outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, expect as a form of punishment for a crime. The documentary will not be shown during the discussion, but people can watch it beforehand on Netflix if they want to. It is not necessary to watch the documentary before attending the event, held in the Union Gallery at 8 p.m.

"The Underground Railroad" will take place in the Union Basement, beginning Thursday at 7 p.m., starting at the elevator on the first floor, located in the Brockport Student Government hall. This will be the heaviest event of the week. OSAD president Shanelle Hodge will lead students down the elevator where they were will begin their trip, traveling back in time to walk through the history of African Americans in the United States. The topics of slavery, lynching, segregation and political movements will be covered. The railroad ends with a mirror and bachelor's degree from Brockport. "What will you do?" is the questions students will ask themselves, hopefully leaving with the feeling of empowerment, knowing that although they come from oppression and have had real hardships, they can aspire to be and do whatever they want; they can make a difference in society.

"It starts off dark but you're supposed to leave with the message that you can become the president," Hodge said. "If you want to be the next black president, you can do that."

Students and club members will have the chance to take a break Friday to prepare for Saturday's events, the All Black Everything showcase in the Union Ballroom at 7 p.m. and the All Black Silent Party in the Ballroom at 11 p.m. This year's showcase is themed "Harlem Renaissance" to signify the birth of African American art, giving students the opportunity to show off their talent. The week will end with the silent party, similar to the up-and-coming silent discos, a fun way to end such a deep, emotional, educational week.

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