Black Students Alliance Celebrates Black History Month
Founded nearly 30 years, the Black Student Alliance (BSA) has continued to keep its commitment to support the black community at Rensselaer as it did it its early days. Throughout the month of February (which is also known as Black History Month), the organization hosted a series of cultural, intellectual, social, and performance-based programs for the campus community.
The opening ceremonies kicked off on Feb. 2 with a performance by world renowned flutist and lecturer Galen Abdur-Razzaq. Known as a riveting speaker on the topic of jazz, Abdur-Razzaq has performed at colleges and universities for over 25 years. A former educator, he earned a master’s degree in education and performing arts from Rutgers University; and he also studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
“The core mission of the Black Student Alliance is to encourage the participation of all people in the promotion of black cultural, intellectual, and social interests at RPI and in the surrounding community,” said Alison Reid, a senior majoring in business management and communications, who also serves as president for BSA and advertising co-chair for the NSBE/SHPE Career Fair. “Over the years, BSA continues to strive to host a series of events during Black History Month in order to create awareness and celebrate the important contributions made by African-Americans with the campus community.”
The group also hosted its annual fashion show. This year’s program, titled “In Living Color: Shades of the Ebony Spectrum,” celebrated African-American contributions to the fashion industry. The show featured 20 models who donned fashions created by four area designers. The event also included a musical performance by Ses Da Great, a rap artist and Rensselaer alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture in 2009.