To kickstart its celebration of Black History Month, Black Student Christian Forum (BSCF) has chosen this week as its annual Spirit Week, providing students of any race, ethnicity and heritage the chance to unite in celebration of black history and culture. For each day of the week, a new theme has been chosen and promoted by BSCF.
Although only two days have passed thus far, many in the past two days have been participating in Spirit Week across campus.
Adrian Marston (Master of Divinity, first year) said, “Spirit week is one of my favorite events that students can get in involved in, first, because it reminds me every day of the progress we have made as a nation and second, it gives me the chance to engage in fun fashion styles.”
Monday was Twin Day. Students, dressed alike, often walked together to emphasize how much they looked like their “twins”. There were lots of smiles and even more compliments as students expressed themselves through fashion.
“Twin day really shows how much people care about the chance to celebrate black history. Although clothing does not have much to do with the many reasons why we celebrate it, it is a form of our respect for those who wrote our story,” said Leialii Edwards (sophomore, psychology).
Tuesday did not feel like it was 2017, as its theme, Decade Day, garnered more even more participants than Monday.
“It was really cool to see how creative people could be with their outfits,” said Victoria Carmona (freshman, social work), who opted to rep a 1960s ensemble for the day.
The themes that we can look forward to during the rest of the week are Black Fictional Character Day on Wednesday, Black Apparel Thursday, and Blackout on Friday.
Overall, students across campus—both BSCF members and non-members—have responded positively to BSCF’s Spirit Week.
Kayla Casey (senior, sociology) said, “I feel like spirit week is a great opportunity for the Andrews University community to come together to appreciate Black History Month despite the difference that makes us who we are."
“I chose to participate to show my support for BSCF club,” said Sarah Duvivier (sophomore, graphic design). “They’ve done such an amazing job planning the events for Black History month. But I also feel like by participating in Spirit Week I am paying homage to all the black people who played a part in my being free today. Also, to all the people who lost their lives through police brutality, and other ways because of speaking up for what they believe. I think the week is going well so far. It seems to be bringing the student body closer together.”