By: Diamond Mason
In honor of Black History Month and the irresistible craving for unity at Potomac State College, BSA hosted two magnificent events. The first one was a panel discussion on race, and the second was a Taste of Black History. These two events encouraged students, faculty, and visitors to open up their hearts to each other.
The panel discussion was a beautiful opportunity where people who attended were able to break the race barrier that has divided blacks and whites for many years. Listening to everyone in the room talk about their walks of life was comforting.
When somebody opens up their diary of life and lets you read each page, it sends a message of trust; with trust comes brotherhood and sisterhood. By the end of the panel students and visitors learned how they could get to know each other, interact, and simply get out of their comfort zones with the another race. Faculty learned how to approach, help and be an asset to student success.
If you are talking about soul, brotherhood and triumph, then you are talking about The Taste of Black History. This event provided a welcoming atmosphere where people could absorb information about how we progressed and also regressed.
There were many relatable speakers who shared their lives with the attendees and motivated them to make not only Potomac State a better place, but also America. The night continued on with a great gospel song sung by David Hill, who went to prison for 19 years for something he did not do.
He managed to turn something so negative into positivity by finding his voice and getting closer to God. Ironically, that’s what soul food is all about: turning something negative into something positive.
Slaves had nothing but scraps for dinner, so they had to find a way to make their food taste good, which they did. They did this by putting their soul into the lifeless scraps they were given. Soul food is a reflection of life for many black people having to make something out of nothing.
At the end of the event, the BSA closed with a powerful deliverance of Maya Angelou’s, “Still I Rise” poem. Closing with this poem transferred an electrifying energy into the atmosphere of perseverance, unity and equality. A Taste of Black History gave an insight of where we Americans came from, which will lead us to where we’re going. And that’s the path of brotherhood.