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2/24/2006

EAC celebrates Black History Month

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[Click Image to Enlarge] Pictured here from left to right are three members of the eight-member reggae dance group:Tami Clayton, Norma Amador, and Bree Johnson performing at this year’s Black History Month Celebration: Celebrate Diversity. (EAC—Holly Pascoe photo).
 

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Black Student Union held a Celebrate Diversity event on February 16, in recognition of Black History Month (February).

Led largely by the efforts of BSU member and coordinator of the event, Mo’nique Redhead, the evening included a welcome by emcee, Mario Collier which included a description of the cultural portion of the fashion show which showcased Caribbean and African attire, with the male students modeling casual attire and tuxedoes as they escorted the ladies to the runway.

Other portions of the sponsored fashion show included clothing donated by Ortega’s Shoes, Stage, Abacus Formal Wear, and Wal-Mart; and a detailed slide show spotlighting prominent African American figures from history.

EAC’s Black Student Union is a member of the College’s Associated Students of Eastern Arizona College (ASEAC). This year’s president of the group is Tami Clayton who, along with members Redhead and Britannia Suah, headed up the cultural event. While organizing the sponsored portions of the event, with the help of BSU member, Nikki Noel, the students approached Debbie John, of the Eastern Arizona Academy of Cosmetology for sponsorship. John and her students did all the hair and make-up for the fashion show.

“It was a lot of work to put this show together,” said Redhead, a Toronto, Canada sophomore majoring in International Business Administration. “But it was worth it!”

Other portions of the show included a reggae dance performance by members of the club, a solo singing performance by Bree Johnson, a solo ballet performance by Redhead, a solo Hula performance by Adrianne Galeai, a meal of Jambalaya and Caribbean jerk chicken by Sodexho Food Services, and poetry readings including an original by Corday Johnson.

“I want to give a ‘shout out’ to Madonna Hickson and Tareva Hodge too,” said Redhead, “because they really helped make everything run smoothly working behind the scenes.” 30