The Black Students’ Association will perform the 19th annual Black History Production a few weeks later than usual.
The production would normally take place at the end of February or the beginning of March, but this year the group will host more activities for Black History Month.
BSA president Summer Thompson, junior communications major and business administration minor from Missouri City, said the group is starting later because the production director had his first child. She said students in the production also host a Black History Service, and they wanted the two events to be on different weeks. The fourth annual Black History Service will take place on Feb. 25.
“Since those are our two bigger events, that’s the reason it’s been spread out,” Thompson said.
Khamisie Green, director for the BSA production, said the production was originally named “Eyes Open,” but Green changed it to “The Mystery of Our History.” He said he wanted to open the audience’s eyes to see history differently by showcasing three historical moments, poetry and music.
Audience members can expect a different take on traditional civil rights stories and new perceptions on the civil rights movement, Green said.
“The play is designed to get inside of our heads,” Green said, “to challenge our mind as well as feed our souls.”
The date of the BSA Production is undecided, but Green said it will be either March 24 or March 30. Rehearsals will begin next week Feb. 11.
BSA will have themes for each week during Black History Month. This week’s the theme was “Brotherhood Sisterhood” and focused on unifying the black community on campus.
Next week will be centered on the theme “Roots” which will focus on African heritage. BSA will partner with the African Students’ Association for three Chapel events and a movie outing to see “Black Panther.”
The third week will focus on “Black Pride.” Students can compete in a competition for the best dorm door that fits the theme. The week will also feature a fitness challenge and a smoothie challenge.
The last week’s theme will center on “Justice.” BSA will partner with the International Justice Mission for the voter registration drive. Environmental and climate displays will be presented in the campus center and keynote speaker DiArron Morrison will talk about spirituality and politics in the black community.
For more information, contact Summer Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Khamisie Green at email@example.com.