ABS Honors Black History Month

ABS Honors Black History Month

By John Roberson

Spoken word performance Marquice Lee performs at the ABS spoken word event.
Photo by John Roberson

The Association of Black Students in Policy, Planning, and Development (ABS) at the USC Price School hosted a series of events in February in honor of Black History Month.

Through events such as “The Art of Spoken Word” and a screening of a thought-provoking documentary on the 1970s Black Power Movement, Price School students, faculty and community leaders were able to engage in dialogue on issues such as social justice, equity, access and identity.

On Feb. 27, ABS invited members of the Price community to join local spoken word performers as they addressed “The Black Agenda.” Participants were able to their share ideas and experiences, and discuss their personal commitments to action.

Black Power Mixtape screening Students and faculty watch the screening of “Black Power Mixtape” at Mercado La Paloma.
Photo by John Roberson

“People left with a better sense of where we’ve come from, socially and politically, and ideas for where we want our community to go” said Brittni Chicuata, a first-year Master of Public Policy student.

Performers included Fisseha Mogas, Marquice Lee, Mark Whitlock, and impromptu performances from the audience. The event was held at the home of USC Gould School of Law Professor Jody Armour.

On Feb. 29, ABS and the Black Graduate Student Network at USC hosted a screening of the film, Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975, at the Mercado La Paloma.

The Black Power Mixtape – which won the World Cinema Documentary Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 – examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the black community and diaspora from 1967 to 1975. The film combines music, television footage discovered in the cellar of a Swedish TV station, and contemporary audio interviews with leading African-American artists, activists and academics.