Black artists honored during open mic night at Westfield State University

Black History Month

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Westfield State University continues to celebrate Black History Month with an open mic event Wednesday evening.

The open mic was held at the Owl’s Nest on the Ely Campus Center. Students gathered for pizza and performances representing black artists, poets, and musicians.

22News spoke with student, Audriana Cruz, who sang her favorite Ella Fitzgerald song. Cruz said that Ella Fitzgerald helped pave the way for singers of color.

“It proved to people that women of color can have a foot in the music world, stand their ground, and hold their place.”

Westfield State University will continue to hold Black History Month events through the end of February:

  • Feb. 27, 4 pm,Owl’s Nest (Room 18), Ely Campus Center – “I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin,” a film screening and guided discussion with Westfield State University Associate Professor of English Carol Bailey, Ph.D.
  • Feb. 28, 6:30 pm,Owl’s Nest (Room 18), Ely Campus Center – Westfield State University’s Black Girls Rock Awards Ceremony: At this annual event staff and faculty of color are honored for their significant contributions to the Westfield State community and beyond.

Springfield Technical Community College is also holding events including:

  • Feb. 27-29, Amy H. Carberry Fine Arts Gallery – “Fallacies: Black Identity Extremist = Black Identity Enthusiast” with artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas.

STCC welcomes artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas in Black History Month event kickoff

  • Feb. 27, 10 am, Student Learning Commons – Artist talk & closing reception. Come out and listen to artist-in-residence Kiayani Douglas as she discusses her exhibit “Fallacies of a Black Enthusiast.”
  • Feb. 28, 12:15 pm, Student Learning Commons – “Just Mercy”

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