Essence of Ebony’s “Walk Through Black History” seeks to educate and entertain the ACU community in commemoration of Black History Month on Feb. 26 in the Williams Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m.
“This event is important because it gives us a chance, as African American students, to educate our fellow peers,” said Masci Sledge, president of Essence of Ebony. “It also gives us a chance to unite people on and off campus.”
The “annual’ Black History Production began a few years ago. Although, it was not produced last year. Sledge says this year, they wanted to revitalize the tradition.
George Pendergrass, director of the Office of Multicultural Enrichment, said maintaining such traditions plays a notable role.
“It is extremely important to consistently highlight the history of African Americans,” Pendergrass said. “There is the saying ‘If you fail to study history, then you are condemned to repeat it.’ Because of this country’s sordid past, too often the history, backgrounds and contributions of African Americans are seldom known.”
The annual production, lead by Essence of Ebony, is a collaborative project between Essence of Ebony, the Student African American Brotherhood and Virtuous African Heritage Sisterhood.
Sledge said the organizations wanted the event to differ from past productions, which have included a guest speaker and several programs. This year’s production will be a semi-formal banquet conducted on campus.
“We will really be taking the audience back and having students recite speeches from well-known African Americans who made a difference in our history,” Sledge said.