BY: WESLEY ROBINSON
Underrepresented and sometimes unnoticed people’s efforts on campus will be recognized by a supportive student organization.
The African/African American Studies Club (AFA) is hosting the Second Annual Minority Leadership Awards Show Wednesday. The awards pre-show starts at 6 p.m. May 1 with the awards show following at 7 p.m. The event is $3 for students, $5 for a regular ticket, $1 for children ages 4 to 12 and free to nominees and children under 3 years old.
“This is going to be a classy and enjoyable night to appreciate the hard work and efforts of African Americans on campus,” said AFA Club member Raven Hester, 20, a psychology major from Louisville.
Hester said AFA also will feature trivia, singing and poetry to entertain the audience. She added the goal of the organization is to highlight diversity and unity.
“I think it would be a great experience for everyone to get involved and see what we do,” Hester said.
Last year about 150 people attended the awards show, and the club hopes to see 250 in the events second attempt, said Ashlei Jackson, 22, middle grade education major from Lexington.
“We definitely promote diversity, and we don’t say that to sound cute,” Jackson said. “We really want to have a mixed group of people.”
Voting for the event began at midnight April 10 and was open until 6 p.m. April 17 on the AFA club’s webpage. The club also opened up nominations for the most outstanding African-American student leader and educator of minority students.
Other awards for the event will include recognizing students with high GPAs and organizations that have been active in the community. Jackson said the awards show is to help encourage students and organizations to be more socially responsible and make an impact on campus.
“If you want that recognition, you have to put forth the effort to make it happen,” Jackson said.
Salome Nnoromele, adviser of the AFA Club and director of the African and African American Studies Department, said she started the club in 2005 to help empower students to put on events like this.
“I’m always amazed at what students create,” Nnoromele said. “It’s wonderful [to see]. There’s nothing like it on EKU’s campus.”
Nnoromele said the club will collaborate with other minority groups on campus for next year’s awards show.
“In our global world it’s good to recognize African Americans but collaboration is always good,” Nnoromele said. “We all have to work together. That’s where the world is headed.”
Traviss Witt, 23, public health graduate student and graduate assistant in the African/African American Studies Department, said he plans on attending the event because it’s important for people to learn about perspectives other than the majority.
“The human experience is made up of many variations … they’re all equally important,” said Witt, a white student who also works as a graduate student in the African/African Amercian studies department.