As a Jesuit college, Canisius values unity and caring for other individuals. These values are reflected in many of the clubs on campus, specifically the USA Diversity Committee. The Buffalo community as a whole welcomes diversity. The USA Diversity Committee as well as other organizations in Buffalo are hosting events during the month of February in honor of Black History Month.
The main event that the USA Diversity Committee is focusing on right now is an event called A Seat at the Table. The event is a women of color brunch for students, alumni and the general public. Their goal by hosting this event is to not only educate but also empower these women. Junior Morgan Morris is the Chair of the USA Diversity Committee, and planned this event. “This will not only be a networking event, but also a reflection about experiences that women of color go through in society personally and professionally. We just put the event in CanisiusLife and are waiting for the confirmation now,” Morris said. She got the idea from Chandler Hawkins, a graduate assistant for the ALANA Center. They are hoping to have a joint event with USA Justice and USA Diversity later this month.
The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (BAVPA), held Black History Program, a tribute to African American storytellers. The event was to honor Toni Morrison, a novelist who passed away this past summer. The event featured authors, screenwriters, poets, choreographers as well as other artists.
The Broadway Market is hosting an event on Feb. 8 and Feb. 29 to celebrate Black History Month. They will have musicians Foxy Brown and the Blues Boys for the first event and the Larry Salter Soul Orchestra for the second. They will be selling products from their minority owned business such as Margie’s Soul Food, Everything African & More, Willow’s Breeze Aromatherapy as well as others.
The 40th Anniversary of the Eye On History Column will be held at the Merriweather Library on Feb 17 from 2-5 p.m. The Eye On History Column is a compilation of columns written by author Eva M. Doyle. At this event, there will be music, guest speakers, poetry, an Eye On History exhibit, a Black History book giveaway and history related video clips that derived from that column. Retired Legislator Betty Jean Grant will be there joined by local poets Vonetta Rhodes and Taharqa Odinga. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.
The USA Diversity Committee at Canisius and many local organizations have hosted or plan on hosting numerous events in honor of Black History Month. Majority of the events are open to the public with either free admission or a small fee to enter.