By Maureen Federo
The Black Student Organization put together its annual Cultural Awareness Troupe (CAT) performance Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 in Dalton Theatre. This year’s theme was “Young, Gifted and Black.”
The theme derives from Lorraine Hansberry’s play “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” according to junior participant Melba Sales-Griffin.
“We are taking the theme and applying it to our experiences here at K College, which are issues that exist in today’s society,” Sales-Griffin said.
The BSO presents these issues through mediums of art and creativity: poems, skits, song and dance, and documentaries. They speak to the Kalamazoo community audience as much as the College community itself.
“We are targeting the youth of the community in Kalamazoo so that they can see people like them are succeeding,” senior Takira Lytle said.
Issues participants of C.A.T. find hard to convey to their audience are relationships and racial tensions against whites. “It’s not hard to come up with what we do, but it’s hard to get the participants to volunteer for certain issues,” Lytle said.
“I think as a student body we are realizing that it is becoming more important than ever to learn about one another as our campus and nation [are] becoming increasingly diverse. As a campus community we must move beyond being just culturally aware but culturally competent,” senior Amber Peden, president of BSO, said.