Black History Month at MC

In honor of Black History Month, Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance hosts various events each February. Following tradition, BSA held several of its annual events again this year.

To kick off the month BSA hosted an African Dance Class on Feb. 2 in Bartlett 102. During the class international student Claudia Pires taught students how to dance a couple of traditional African dances.

On Feb. 9 BSA hosted its annual Apollo Night which invited students to perform for a competition in Lambert Recital Hall. This year six acts performed; four of those were singing acts and two were dances. Three winners were chosen by a panel of judges.

On Feb. 16 BSA hosted another annual event, Poetry Night, which invited students to read poetry in an open mic style setting before watching the performance of guest poet Jasmine Mans.

On Feb. 23 BSA hosted a feminism panel titled “How To Be a Black Woman in a White Man’s World” in the Center for Campus Ministry.

The final event of Black History Month will be a showing of the movie “13th” on Feb. 28.

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Anthony Gunn performing at BSA’s annual Poetry Night on Feb. 16. Photo by Amber Potter.
Anthony Gunn performing at BSA’s annual Poetry Night on Feb. 16. Photo by Amber Potter.
Hikaru Yoshida waits to hear the judge’s decision just before being awarded first prize at BSA’s annual Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Hikaru Yoshida waits to hear the judge’s decision just before being awarded first prize at BSA’s annual Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Zaylon Woolfork performed a hip-hop song for BSA’s annual Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Zaylon Woolfork performed a hip-hop song for BSA’s annual Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Myresha Hinton, Deja Hester, Amber Davis Nelson, Keonna Tisdal and Tanginique Nowlin performing their song and dance number at Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Myresha Hinton, Deja Hester, Amber Davis Nelson, Keonna Tisdal and Tanginique Nowlin performing their song and dance number at Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Dancers Janeice Lindsay and Sedelle Young pose on stage after performing their dance at Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Dancers Janeice Lindsay and Sedelle Young pose on stage after performing their dance at Apollo Night on Feb. 9. Photo by David Peters.
Ginny Guisadio and BSA President Tavon Johnson dance together during the African Dance Class taught by Claudia Pires on Feb. 2. Photo by Tobi Scott.
Ginny Guisadio and BSA President Tavon Johnson dance together during the African Dance Class taught by Claudia Pires on Feb. 2. Photo by Tobi Scott.

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