Watch for the next Black History CommUniversity Campus event!
Last Friday the Black History CommUniversity Campus wrapped up its first community learning event with a Black History celebration, exhibit and crowing ceremony. Each young “King” and “Queen” received a certificate and a crown. Marcus Brown President of Juneteenth and Pastor Blue, head of the local NAACP did the honors which took place at the Buffalo Urban League CRUCIAL Center.
Hats off to the organizers and sponsors for this amazing week-long cultural experience. Pictured on the this week’s cover (and at the top of this page) is Wisdom Osbone Harris, age 7 and his brother Wealth Harris Epps sons of Fragrance Harris Stanfield.
In the group shot above, students’ perform “Lift Every Voice & Sing” at the Apollo Media Center, which they worked on daily with Sister Fragrance. She explains: “ They learned the meaning of the lyrics. The goal was that the children would have a better understanding of how songs were cries for help and consolation for hope unrealized and that music is not just about our own personal trials and triumphs, but those that will speak for our people for generations to come!
Bro. Ron Draffin expressed the experience in a poem:
Black history is world history
Was the week of education
Out of Afrika came all humanity
Logic, even to a child’s imagination
They tested and they tried
As children are known to do
But in the end they leaned in
Eager to learn the truth
From Hatshepsut to Mansa Musa
A rich history before enslavement
How King Shaka and Queen Nzingha
Fought European advancement
Queen of Sheba and King Taharqa both famously in the Bible
Opened minds these mouths of babes
They claimed their royal title
Their potential endless and bright as the brightest star
They know how amazing they will become
And were crowned the future Kings and Queens they are
*this is a follow up post from our previous issue describing the event . we hope to keep you informed of more forthcoming events like this for the youth in our City of Buffalo .