Merced College’s Black Student Union concluded Black History Month with an all-day celebration on Feb. 28 in the Merced College Theater.

The program included performances from rapper Mozayik, the Vietnam dance crew and workshops on education and social justice. The audience was comprised of students from three local high schools, as well as members of Merced College’s Black Student Union, History Club, and M.E.Ch.A. Club.

“We got the word out through the superintendent,” BSU President Michael Smith, said. “He passed the word around to schools, and the event was very successful considering it was our first year putting it on.”

Smith also said that the Office of Student Equity was instrumental in bringing together the tools necessary for each workshop and performance.

One of the most popular events of the day was a live performance from Vietnam. The group presented several hip-hop routines, got members of the audience involved and provided a brief explanation of the evolution of hip-hop culture.

“It’s all about uplifting youth.” Mozayik told the crowd: “We want to explore how we got here, and how our art is expressed in the community today.” 

-- Alessandria Pedretti