As the national celebration of African American History and Black Excellence, February is a special month for the African American community. The student organization Black Student Alliance (BSA) hosted an evening commemorating the month and the excellence of our own students here at Catholic University.
Held on Feb. 22, the Black and White Tie Gala took place in Heritage Hall. The theme was “Black Hollywood,” and it was alive with glamorous young men and women dressed to the nines to commemorate the success and history of black actors and actresses. BSA executive board members sophomore Kelly Woodson and junior Charles Beckett hosted the gala, keeping the event lively with facts, jokes, and engaging activities. Entertainment included a performance by rising star Shakira Barret, a 17 year old R&B singer, and a spoken-word recitation by freshman Enola Hernandez. The rest of the night was spent dancing and capturing the fun.
BSA planned many other events throughout February to highlight identity, from a soul food dinner and Gospel Mass to a documentary screening about Brookland’s secret society of professional black men from 1942. The gala was a grand wrap-up for the month.— Redeate Alemu, B.A. 2021, Marketing and Communications intern. For more information, contact email@example.com.