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Black History Month
February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Get ready to groove this Black History Month as we celebrate the magic behind the Rhythm, Culture, and Movement of the Black Community!
Experience SAMU’s first Rhythm Demo event and Live Drumming Workshop on February 28, 2023.
Free Drop-in Events:
La Connexional – Rhythm Demo: February 28, 2023 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
SANGEA Academy – Drumming Workshop: February 28, 2023 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Student lounge SA-216 (2nd Floor), SAMU Building
Additionally, don’t forget to check out MacEwan’s Black History Month workshops, events, art exhibitions and more!
- La Connexional: Established in 2017, La Connexional is a community-focused social enterprise that expanded to a creative consulting agency. They use social innovation, entrepreneurship, and collective collaborations to build vibrant communities and create a positive generational impact that starts with communities of the African and Latinex diaspora and then reverberates out to the communities they inhabit throughout Canada.
Learn more about La Connexional on their website!
- Drum Speaks: A method of teaching music without speaking, this is an enjoyable way to get any group working together. The workshop’s objective is to get students to create one voice with their drums while learning the history of West African rhythms. By the end of this workshop, students will learn traditional songs, rhythms, and history.
Learn more about Drum Speaks on their website!
Learn more about the Black Community. Check out our student features.
To me, Black History Month is not only a time when I can deepen my understanding and knowledge of my cultural heritage but also celebrate it. I grew up in a town where besides my family, I didn’t have many Black influences in my life. Coming to MacEwan I was anxious about meeting people and making friends, however not only was I able to connect with a diverse set of people but I also joined the Macewan Black Student Alliance where I now have a community of Black students with whom I share similar experiences. Knowing those around me truly understand my point of view is part of what makes the celebration of Black History Month so important to me. This month isn’t just about acknowledging the struggles our ancestors went through but it’s about making sure we are educated on past events and honouring the fact that through our actions we can make a change. Black History Month is celebrating the past and securing our future.
I am Mabel, a second-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Political science with a minor in Human resource management. As an African lady from Nigeria “the Giant of Africa”, Black History Month means celebrating my people and my heritage. To me, it is a means of celebrating the history and success of black people, celebrating and honouring the Africans who were taken as slaves centuries ago and endured the pain of slavery in another man’s land, having to leave their roots behind. It is a means of educating people about the prevalent actions against Blacks and the high rate of racism and what can be done about it. Black History Month celebrates the Black heroes who fought against the oppression of Blacks in America despite the difficulties faced.