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From traditional to modern: UMOJA hosts fashion show for black history month

February 15, 2013

On Wednesday, Feb. 13, UMOJA hosted a fashion show as one part of their series of events for Black History Month.

UMOJA, who’s mission statement is “UMOJA means living together as one big family”, is a group on campus promoting unity and culture.

For Wednesday’s event, fashion styles from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, present day and traditional, were showcased in the Tartan room as a fashion show.

“These fashions, especially the traditional ones, led us to where we are today,” said Zakiyyah Ali, a member of UMOJA. “With the African pieces, it’s also something different, and as an organization we try to promote positive learning experiences. Those pieces are my favorite, it’s something about the beauty of the patterns and the fabrics.”

Ruby Pentsil-Bukari, the Director of Intercultural Life for Student Affairs, lent the majority of the outfits used during the fashion show.

“We had a lot of people in attendance and they all seemed to be having a great time,” says Ali.  “It’s the goal for people to have a good time while learning about something that’s a little different.”

UMOJA will continue to host events for the remainder of the month. Today, Friday, Feb. 15, UMOJA will show the movie, “Something the Lord Made,” next week there will be an open mic night and at the close of the month there will be a potluck.

UMOJA meets every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the Tartan room of downstairs Stockdale.

Megan Zaubi
Features Editor

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