MAASC kicks off Black History Month

Sheila Raghavendran | Editor-in-Chief

Click to watch a video from MAASC’s kick-off to Black History Month.

Black History Month has started with a bang – literally.

Mason African-American Students for Change hosted its Black History Month kick-off festival on Wednesday, complete with food and live African music.

IMG_2893MAASC brought in a musician to play the African drums during the kick-off festival.

According to senior and MAASC board member Laura Hicks, the mission of Black History Month is to create a greater awareness for African-American culture, particularly through tasting soul foods.

“For the lecture series this year we decided to do a kick-off festival after school and bring a bunch of different soul foods to let everyone try,” Hicks said.

IMG_2898MAASC provided various soul foods for attendees to get a taste of African-American culture.

For senior Jenelle Lee, the promise of food was a major draw to Wednesday’s festival, but the exposure of the club and African-American culture were equally rewarding, she said.

“There’s a lot of different things going on at Mason all the time, and I feel like a lot of the smaller clubs don’t get recognized like student government and National Honor Society do,” Lee said. “So I came, and I convinced some of my friends to go…It’s exciting. I’m hanging out with people I normally (don’t) hang out with, and talking to people I normally (don’t) talk to.”