Titled, “TLU Renaissance: A Celebration of Black Art,” the 2020 theme for the university's Black History Month pays homage to famous artists and musicians, as well as recognizes the contributions of current students.
“This theme was chosen as a way to emulate the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s,” Black Student Union Vice-President and senior Biology major Reyana D. Custodio said. “Within it, we are able to discuss, view, and celebrate creative art forms by many talented African American artists throughout history. We are also able to celebrate the art created by many of our own students, hence the name: TLU Renaissance.”
According to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, "the Harlem Renaissance encompassed poetry and prose, painting and sculpture, jazz and swing, opera and dance. What united these diverse art forms was their realistic presentation of what it meant to be black in America..."
Culminating on February 27 with a poetry reading and art showcase at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Park Student Activities Center, TLU Renaissance is really about honoring the past while also recognizing the talent of individuals currently creating amazing work. Mini film festivals are also a feature of the February 2020 events, including free screenings of “Little,” “The Perfect Guy,” “Sorry To Bother You,” and Spike Lee’s iconic picture “Do The Right Thing.”
“Our opening movie, ‘Walk On The River,’ will screen February 17," Custodio said. “This film was chosen because it’s specifically about the black history of San Antonio. We wanted to highlight some local black history that maybe not everyone would know. The other more well-known films were chosen to pique the interest of our student body and the Seguin community.”
For Custodio, that representation across generations and mediums was key.
“Black History Month is extremely important not only to our students, but to the school and community as a whole,” she said. “Celebrating it also promotes the ever-growing diversity of TLU. Faculty and staff can help foster that diversity by promoting BSU-sponsored events and creating additional opportunities for students to learn the true meaning behind the month and the history of African Americans.”