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African club educates students about unique heritage

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African masks are seen as part of a ceremonial costume and are used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in a community.

African masks are seen as part of a ceremonial costume and are used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in a community.

photo by Canaan Lee

photo by Canaan Lee

African masks are seen as part of a ceremonial costume and are used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil forces in a community.

by Canaan Lee, Staff Writer

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Educating yourself further than the geography, history, religion, agriculture, or economics of a country can have many benefits to different aspects of life, and African Club does just that.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” former South African president Nelson Mandela once said.

The African Club’s objective is to educate and spread awareness about Africa through activities pertaining to stereotypes and misconceptions people might have. These activities engage the club members and keep them wanting to learn more.

“In African club we have helped out in the community, and in meetings we have discussions about different issues,” African Club President Folashade Showale said.

Over the course of the next few months, African Club has planned a series of events.

“We are interested in doing a fashion show in terms of focusing more on African culture,” club sponsor Tracy Maher said. The club also volunteered at a Black history month event on February 27.

African Club is not only limited to native born Africans, but open to everyone. Non-native Kris Britton joined the club and has learned to be less stereotypical of the African Culture.

“It has helped me become less stereotypical because I learn more about the culture than what the outside world perceives,” Britton said. “From music to dancing and food, it has been instilled in that African culture is surrounded by individuals each and everyday.”

McEachern has a fairly large population of Africans. Teaching students to be respectful and less stereotypical of Africa displays that our community is tolerant of different cultures.

“McEachern has a large African population and educating students about Africa helps to create strong connections within the community,” administrator Krystal Wattley said.

African club continues to push students to further educate themselves in other cultures than their own, opening their mindsets to accepting the backgrounds of other students.

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