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April 18, 2017

Student ‘mannequins’ represent noteworthy African American leaders

The Howard A. Mims African American Cultural Center presented “The Truth Crushed to Earth Solidarity Day and a mannequin challenge” Tuesday, April 4, with a program that included students performing music and poetry. It concluded with various students participating in a mannequin challenge that portrayed them as key figures in African American history.

A mannequin challenge is a recent social media trend where people try to stand completely still while being recorded.

Students that attend the Campus International school from grades K-4 walked past the cultural center to see the students in the mannequin challenges, which included key figures such as Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Davis.

Prester Pickett, coordinator of the cultural center, explained what it means to have young children see an event like this.

“We have done this kind of work before more so with children in the schools,” Pickett said. “This is the first time we have had the children come to the college and see them participate. We’re planting seeds in their mind to show them that what they could become one day.”

The division of student affairs also contributed to the solidarity day event by providing its support and working in conjunction with the cultural center to have events all throughout the semester. This specific event was a part of “Black Aspirations Week”.

Pickett also discussed how this was not the only program that the cultural center will be having.

“We put on another challenge where people had to align an item with a historical figure and that was called the Carter G. Woodson challenge.” Pickett said. “The semester will close with what we call the Mary McLeod Bethune challenge, that’s going to be a study challenge where student organizations compete to see which students get the most hours studied, and the organization with the most hours will win a significant acknowledgement.”

The mannequin challenge was chosen for its current popularity as well as the theme for this semester being “These Days of Challenge” after the speech by Martin Luther King Jr. The other planned challenges will attempt to involve more students.



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