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Music and discussion kicks off TCU’s celebration of Black History Month

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Baba Kwasi leads a group of students in playing music. (Roderick Villareal/Staff Photographer)
Gwendolyn Alfred sings “Deep River” at the TCU Intercultural Center on Friday, Jan. 2.

The Intercultural Center was filled with chanting, clapping, rattling and drumming on Friday afternoon as people from different backgrounds connected with one goal in mind: celebrating Black History Month.

This event kicked off Black History Month and about 40 people attended it.

Baba Kwasi led the chant, guiding the students on how to play the instruments and keeping the room lively. Kwasi is the co-founder of Aybu Kamau Kings and Queens African Drum School and has a cultural connection to music.

“The mother is the base and foundation of the rhythm, the father is the protector of the rhythm, the enforcer, and the children are happy when the parents are working together,” Kwasi said. “It is a culture of togetherness. Everyone is connected.”

Along with the traditional music, faculty members shared their own experiences and gave more insight on Black History Month.

Terrance Boyd, Ph.D, an assistant professor in the management and leadership department in the Neely School of Business, broke down the who, when, where and why of Black History Month to him.

  • Who: someone that goes about their day “with the audacity to want something better.”
  • When: “being present” with others who observe the past.
  • Where: “places where people are in need.”
  • Why: “an opportunity to celebrate,” and it is a time for people to discover themselves.

Jasmine Jackson, Ph.D, an assistant professor of American politics, political behavior, women and politics and black politics in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts, went into the history of Black History Month and how it can be celebrated throughout the whole year instead of just a singular month.

Gwendolyn Alfred, Ph.D, an assistant professor of voice in the School of Music, said that she wants to motivate people to follow her and make a positive impact for the Black community.

At the urging of some of the faculty members, Alfred sang “Deep River” by the Moses Hogan Singers.

TCU will continue to recognize Black History Month with events celebrating culture and music and others discussing issues and history.

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