Organizations all around campus are hosting events in honor of Black History Month. The Black Student Union and Multicultural Programming have come together for the second time this month to host “Poetry for the Soul”: an event to highlight black poetry and culture.
This event took place on the evening of Feb. 11th on the Housing Lawn. Students were seated on bean bag chairs across the housing lawn soaking in the poetry and food provided by the school. They also stopped by BSU and MP’s table to pick up BHM freebies and learn more about what the organizations have planned for the month.
Ebony Stewart, an international touring poet and champion of the Woman of the World Poetry Slam, performed and hosted the event. She gave inspirational and down to earth performances while mixing in funny comments to keep the crowd alive.
After Stewart, Jae Nichelle performed several pieces that dealt with white allyship and being Black in America.
Lastly, Oveous, a musician, poet, and filmmaker, performed pieces that were about growing up in Brooklyn, familial loss, and the black experience.
Following the professionals, FAU students, Alain Valdez, Raquel Perry, Adonis, and Joseph, took to the stage to perform their original pieces during the open mic section.
During the event, Chartwells catered fried chicken, baked beans, macaroni, and brownies getting amazing reviews from the students, “The poetry was 10/10, but this food?! Chef’s kiss! Tonight was fun,” said BSU member Jayda Rhodes.
The Black Student Union and Multicultural Programming also hosted BHM themed trivia throughout the evening for the opportunity to win prizes.
Overall, the event brought out a good crowd that was able to enjoy a wonderful evening of poetry while staying safe by masking up and sanitizing surfaces.
Be sure to follow @fau_bsu and @faumulitculturalprogramming to see their upcoming events.