The Holy Cross Black History Month assembly, organized by the Onyx Club took place on Friday, February 11. Club president Katiushka Howell ’22 gave the introduction and information about Black History Month which was followed by an interpretive dance to the song “Stand Up” from the movie Harriet, performed by Jordan Gilmore ’22 and Kayla Matthews ’22. Next a brief video was shown featuring Black women in history.
Keynote speaker Rafiat Animashaun ’13 has been a public relations entrepreneur, project manager and team lead in California and Washington, DC. She was recently accepted in the prestigious program EPIK (English Program in Korea) where she will teach English in South Korea for the next year. In her address, she shared about her experience moving to California as the pandemic began and how her connection to her Holy Cross friends helped her to combat her loneliness. She also spoke about recognizing the impact of the pandemic on young people’s mental health. She shared how the relationships she built in high school have lasted through her college years and into her adulthood and given her strength during the challenging last year and a half.
Following the keynote, members of the Onyx Club sang an a capella rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black National Anthem. To conclude the assembly, President Katy Prebble thanked Onyx Club Moderator Debbie Brown, for her work organizing the assembly and Rafiat Animashaun for her inspiring words.