The eighth annual Black Family Weekend was held April 10 – 12 as a celebration of strength and diversity found on campus. It gives families and students of all racial backgrounds the chance to get involved within the realm of organizations and academics the University has to offer, as well as hearten the bond between family, student and school.
Among the events presented by the Black Student Union, the BFW Fashion Show was the showcase event Saturday night. There was nothing but positive energy pulsating through the Granite State room, from the audience cheering for each model as they strut effortlessly down the catwalk, to a spontaneous dance party during intermission.
The night was equally entertaining as it was emotional. Although we sometimes turn a blind eye to it, there are still many issues plaguing the black community and American society. With this year’s theme being ‘Black Lives Matter’, it only seemed like the logical answer to have this theme mentioned at the fashion show, not only to shed light on the social injustices America is faced with today, but also to inspire change.
Walking away from this event I felt a deeper, rejuvenated connection with UNH, and while we often find it difficult to raise these issues to the podium, I encourage all to try. Pretending these issues aren’t really there is the very reason why it seems like such a daunting notion to bring up, yet it’s the only way we can avoid distancing ourselves even further from our neighbors.
Nelson Mandela put it quite simply:
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”