For the academic school year, The UL Lafayette Chapter of the NAACP motto has been “Activism Will NOT Skip Our Generation.” In accordance with that motto, the NAACP has planned events both on and off campus. The events will show the community how much this generation is engaged in the fight for social justice and equality—just like those who have come before them.
Recently the UL NAACP chapter held it’s a Black Heritage Ball. Participants were asked to dress in full African attire. They partnered with the African Student Association to bridge the gaps and connect young students of color back their roots. “We wanted to celebrate the heritage and the culture that we all come from and we wanted to provide a way for the old and the young to come together for a great time”, said Danielle Edwards, UL Chapter President.
The Black Heritage Ball was a huge success. This particular event hasn’t happened on UL Lafayette’s campus for quite some time now. The chapter’s leaders felt this was the perfect time to resurrect such an empowering event. Between the wide array of performances such as the classical music selection and the Nigerian drum talk, they definitely provided a way for their students, faculty, and staff to be reminded of why we celebrate Black History Month.
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