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October 24, 2002 Black culture rocks the mezzanine



Ina Cassell, president of Concordia’s African Student Union, UMOJA.

A mask on display at The Richness of Black Cultures fair.


Photos by Ali Shaker

Rhythmic African vibes and children with colourful hand-made masks took over the Hall Building mezzanine on Saturday, Feb. 15, in an event called The Richness of Black Cultures.

The fair celebrated Black History Month with a multitude of literature, art and jewelry displays. Visitors were offered dishes of African origin, like curried chicken and Haitian cornbread, between performances of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art invented by African slaves, and nubialité, a dance used to express women’s sensuality in Haiti.

Younger participants enjoyed storytelling and face painting while their parents browsed information booths hosted by organizations including the Nation of Islam of Canada.

The Richness of Black Cultures was organized by UMOJA, Concordia’s African Student Union, in association with local groups like Black Women On the Rise, the Jamaica Association and the Boys and Girls Club of LaSalle.

-Melanie Takefman