By Alex Bressler and Allison Yearwood
Join us Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. for a poetry coffee house to celebrate black voices. This event, coordinated by Dr. Amanda Page, is hosted by the Juniata College English Department as a way to expose the Juniata and Huntingdon communities to songs, prose, and poems by black artists. Performances will include works by Stacyann Chin, Kaia Kater, Tupac, Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, and many more!
Alex Bressler, class of 2020, said, “I think this event really aids in literary education because more privileged voices are always discussed in English classes, while other voices, like black voices, are cut out and not given a chance to be heard.”
Students decide on a theme yearly, with this year’s being a “Call the Movement.” The idea behind this theme is to encourage everyone to be active in the continuous pursuit of equality.
Kaitlyn Roth, a senior and the president of SURJ, said the reason she took this class was because she was looking for more opportunities to discuss diversity in rural Pennsylvania where we don’t often discuss racial issues. She expressed that she wants to create a fun, educational environment to get people to learn about these issues.
Tzipi Crandell, class of 2018, said, “I’ve been a part of Lift Ev’ry Voice for the past three years because of how important I believe it’s message to be. I love being a part of a class that helps create such an impactful event on campus, and every year it is so incredibly rewarding to watch the event unfold, and to see so many people come out to support black artists.”
Amily Buenrrostro, a sophomore, said, “As a POC on campus, I enjoy this class because it lets black voices be heard. I hope my participation in this class encourages more POCs to get involved with this event in the future.”
“A Call to Movement” will be taking place on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 p.m. in Ellis Ballroom. Refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all. Bring your ideas for a chalktastic audience involvement event.
Our readers include: Liam Benfer from Millheim, PA; Alex Bressler from Altoona, PA;; Amily Buenrrostro from Medway, MA; Tzipi Crandell from Needham, MA; Caroline Cuff from Allentown, PA; Rosemary Dean from Providence, RI; Dr. Cynthia Merriwether deVries; Leigh Hendrix; Zachary Hesse from West Barnstable, Massachusetts; Makayla Ianuzzi from Altoona, PA; Emily Malachowski, from Lowell, Massachusetts; Lauren Michel from Manchester, MD; Kaitlyn Roth from Elk Grove Village, IL; Cody Wilson from Wellington, VA; and Allison Yearwood from Bethlehem, PA.