By Sam O’Conner
The EOU Black Student Union club hosted an event to celebrate Black History month with music performances and two guest speakers, Liang Ho and Suzi Q. The event was planned and directed by BSU President Jamarkus Springfield.
Liang Ho from the White House welcomed everyone to the night’s event by reading from Clarence Lusane’s, “The Black History of the White House.” The passage she chose was on African Americans who influenced the nation’s history.
“These were phenomenal people,” said Ho. She focused on individuals who were well-acquainted with Presidents Washington and Lincoln.
Following Ho’s introduction, EOU’s African Drum Ensemble performed West African music.
Second guest speaker, Suzi Q, is a well known poet who came to EOU to celebrate Black History month with the students and members of the community. She read new pieces of her work, such as “Haiku For His New Girlfriend” and “I Do Not Know How to Love You in English.”
Q passed on a piece of advice for beginning and experienced poets and artists: “Make work that you like, that represents you.”
Members of the Light House Church Gospel Choir followed Q with powerful praises, asking the audience to stand and sing with them.
Following the choir, a three-man group took the stage. Grayson Dean, Jes Kammers and Greg Miller made up the dynamic trio. With Dean on vocals, Kammers on guitar and drums, and Miller on harmonica, the group played to an enthusiastic audience. Springfield jokingly suggested the group name themselves “Fifty Shades of Grayson”
The night ended with a slide show titled “Black History in the Making,” describing African Americans today who are making history, such as Tyler Perry and Jay Z. Springfield’s singing performance was the final act of the night
“It was good,” said Springfield. “The performances were great, better than I expected.”