By Karina Pineda
Last Night, I experienced music, comedy, spoken word, and dance in a way that I have never really experienced them before. Yes, I have seen and listened to people play music and dance before. However, none of those music performances or dances truly celebrated diversity and the advancement of one’s culture like the ones I saw last night. Where did I experience this diversity? The BSA Coffee House.
I have heard of many multicultural organizations at APU who put on events for students, however I had never been to one before. So I had no idea what to expect as I walked up the steps to UTCC where the event was being held. I sat down and noticed a banner on the stage that stated the theme for the night, ‘Love is: A Tribute to Black History Through the Decades.’
Right away, I thought it was going to be a celebration about musical achievements in black history only to realize that it was about much more than that. Just by watching the first performance, a poem entitled “Why am I black,” I knew that this coffee house was set up to celebrate all types of achievements in Black History, such as fighting for justice and putting an end to segregation. In order to show the struggles that African Americans had, YouTube videos that documented the history of the civil rights movement were shown on the screens above the stage. Each video was either preceded or followed by a musical or spoken word performance that touched upon the subject of love and diversity.
I could tell that I was definitely not the only one who enjoyed the music as guests in attendance began to clap and even dance in the aisle during a rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.” They even participated in the event by going on stage and answering questions from a game that the event hosts made up.
As I said before, this was my first coffee house events and I felt very honored that I had the opportunity to do attend. As cliché as it might sound, this coffee house made me think about all the tough times people had during the civil rights movement. We’ve all heard the stories and learned about it in school, however it is different when you are learning about it from your peers.
Even though some forms of discrimination still exist today, it is important for us as Christians to remember that “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27).