STLCOP Hosts Black History Month Celebration

Published on 09 March 2017

Alumni, students and friends of the College attended the Alumni Association's Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner event on Friday, Feb. 24, to honor African-American culture and heritage during Black History Month. The annual reception included dancing and performances by St. Louis’ Gentlemen of Vision (G.O.V.), St. Louis’ blues diva Kim Massie and junior Tali Eke.

G.O.V. is a nonprofit organization that provides community-based mentoring for disadvantaged males through step dancing and other programs. The team performed their award-winning routine and invited the audience to join them on stage to learn a few basic moves.

P3 student and Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) president, Farrah Yuan, provided an update on SNPhA’s community service efforts and highlighted her organization’s mission of celebrating cultural diversity.

“Although I am not African American, I think it is important to celebrate African-American culture,” Yuan said. “Knowing more about different cultures will allow me to be a more culturally competent pharmacist in the future. STLCOP has a diverse student population and every race, ethnicity and culture deserves respect and recognition.”

Surprise performer, Tali Eke, performed Bill Withers’, “Lean on Me.” Eke was pleasantly surprised when the audience began singing along with him.   

“I believe that we are at a time in our lives where we need each other to get by, regardless of what race you are,” Eke said. “African Americans have gone through a lot throughout the years, and still continue to face hardships. The song shows that no matter what one is going through, everyone is there for each other to help carry their burdens. We may be different on the outside, but we are all human beings, and that’s what we all have in common.”

Eke also performed a dance tribute to African-American artists who have made an impact on his life.

“As for my dance portion, I picked certain songs, which were made by African Americans, that allowed me to showcase dance moves that were popularized by African Americans,” he said. “It was my way of reminding people what contributions African Americans have made in society.”

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