Black Male Agenda Hosts 5th Annual ‘Who Am I?’ Program
By Jasmine Stewart
Black Male Agenda started off the school year with a swift kick in the consciousness of Bowie State University students. Alongside their newly introduced women counterparts, Feathers of Ma’at, they dared to ask BSU students the soul-searching question: “Who Am I?”
Students attending the September event were asked to think critically about such questions as, “Do you think ethnicity is a problem in today’s society?” and “Do you think complexion (light skinned versus dark skinned) determines personality?”
The program addressed the misconceptions about the identities of African-American people. The members of Black Male Agenda and Feathers of Ma’at used skits, spoken word and video clips to get their point across regarding the importance of being responsible young people. The two groups emphasized that it’s the current generation’s responsibility to bridge the gap between its generation and their ancestors.
The organization encouraged students to be leaders of their generation and to get involved in all aspects that affect our community. Malcolm X’s “Who Are You?” speech took center stage and ignited a spark in students at the event. Students said that the speech prompted them to think about themselves as future leaders in the world and that they must know who they truly are in order to lead.