by Caleb Workman
The Lance – News Editor
The University of Windsor’s African American community celebrated its diverse roots last week on campus during their annual Afrofest.
The weeklong event brings all ethnicities at the university together to learn about black history and all the different types of cultures people come from. The week included panels, music events and different activities for all to get involved with.
Coordinator of Afrofest 2016, Percina Holder, said they wanted to bring everyone together and celebrate the diversity of Windsor but they also wanted to educate people outside of and within the many cultures.
“We want to share with people some of the things we do here on campus and we also wanted to show people what some of us go through here on campus as students and as community members,” said Holder.
At a panel held Feb. 5, they discussed the different types of backgrounds people come from and how the cultures vary from places like Jamaica compared to Nigeria. The panel agreed the point they wanted to get across was for people to understand everyone has a story that is unique and to learn how to treat others as individuals, not to clump them together because of skin color.
“Everything we do here is really a beautiful thing,” said Holder. “We bring everyone together no matter what our differences are and we have fun, we learn and we move forward together closer than we were before.”
Holder said there was a lot of positive feedback they got from the people involved with the events and it made for a very inclusive and diverse week.
Tofunmi Adebise, VP of student services for the UWSA, said he had a great experience working with the people he did throughout the week.
“I think Afrofest is important to have because with the world that we live in we tend to forget some of the struggles that happen due to ignorance,” said Adebise. “It is a way to show other races that black people have something to offer and also reminds the black people of where they have come from and why they should keep up the hard work to get beyond the stereotypes.”
Adebise said he would like to thank everyone who came out and everyone who volunteered their time throughout the week.
“There’s so many different groups and celebrations that the University has and I think it’s important to get involved and learn about cultures you are in contact with every day,” said Holder. “Afrofest is a great time and even if you’re only thinking of coming out, come out. It’s something you will be better for in the end.”