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BSU Black Heritage Festival

The following message is from the Black Student Union.

Every year the Black Student Union (BSU), in partnership with AA&AS and the African Student Association, hosts The Unity Dinner. It is an event open to the public, with a dinner portion, a few speakers, and a discussion. This year we are stepping up the event and redefining its focus. The event is now known as the Black Heritage Festival, and we are hoping that this is something that can be built upon annualy. Event details:


  • Theme this year: "Defining Diaspora." We felt that with this being the first time this event is being held, it would ideal to analyze and understand the cultures and peoples who make up the African Diaspora.
  • Dinner portion: The foods have been narrowed down to represent regions of the United States, parts of Africa, and the Caribbean/South American regions. Dinner will be accompanied by jazz music and a PowerPoint presentation: "Images of the Diaspora."
  • African drumming.
  • A Jazz band (The band leader is also a lecturer, and will be speaking on music of the diaspora).
  • Two poets.
  • Two traditional African dance teams.
  • An African American dance act.
  • Diaspora documentary filmed by BSU students, documenting the diversity among our community, as well as the various cultural influences that make up the Diaspora. The video is composed of student and faculty interviews.

The event is being run on an RSVP format, and we are encouraging semi-formal/business casual/evening wear.

The event will be held in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union on Sunday, November 18, 2007. The doors open at 5:30PM; the event starts at 6:00PM, and is tentatively schceduled to end at 8:30PM.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Wilfried S. Zehourou
President of the Black Student Union
E-mail: Zeho0002@umn.edu

Black Student Union
CMU Room 209
300 Washington Ave S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-8938

"Black Student Union Board 2007-2008, Always At Your Service."