By Sandra Diaz
By Sandra Diaz
Chances are that if you had been anywhere around campus in February you’ve seen at least one of the scheduled events for Riverside City College’s Black History Celebration.
Everything from flyers about important figures in Black history in the Student Service buildings, to classic movies were shown in the cafeteria. The month long celebration had everything from movies to live entertainment. It can’t get any better than food, movies and music.
The mood of this year’s Black History Month celebration was much different from that of other events held by RCC’s student government. Unlike other events held in the Bookstore promenade, this year there were no lines.
The celebration consisted of food from Kentucky Fried Chicken, standard Motown classics, and a live performance by poet, Judah One. Although this combination could have made for a high energy extravaganza, the environment was for the most part relaxed. There were hardly any lines to speak of as students drifted in and out of the promenade.
Judah One spent the course of an hour reciting his own poetry that was mainly on the subjects of women and government.
Some students felt that the choice of food helped further a negative stereotype of black culture in America while others either embraced or ignored the idea.
“What’s next, are they gonna serve Kool Aid and Watermelon too?” said one student. Regardless, students didn’t seem to mind and kept coming until there was nothing left.
On the last day of Black History Month, February 28, Student Financial Services set up information booths in the promenade. These booths offered information about the everyday services offered on campus for all students.
All the events made for a low key celebration.
In the end, it was just the right amount of scheduled events to celebrate a specific focus of American culture.