Afro Culture Night at Boise State

| April 28, 2010

"Boise has one of the largest refugee influxes in the country," said David Andrews, coordinator for Afro Culture Night, which takes place Saturday at Boise State.

Afro Culture Night celebrates diverse cultures and this year's theme, "Jumla," is Swahili for "togetherness." Beginning in the early 1990s, the night, originally African Night, was hosted by the Organization for Students of African Descent. In 2006, the name changed to Afro Culture Night to include African American and Caribbean culture.

"[The event] is important because it raises awareness while promoting inclusion and diversity," said Andrews.

Activities include a traditional African drum and dance circle, fashion show, break dancing, reggae, African cuisine and prizes. According to Andrews, the event is an entertaining source of information on various cultures.

"It also educates everyone in the Treasure Valley community on different culture, but in a fun way," he said.

In addition to educating the public, Afro Culture Night represents "Jumla" by bringing Boiseans together.

"We want to do our part in helping various members and cultures ... discover their commonality with one another, while celebrating each other's differences," said Andrews.

Saturday, May 1, 6 p.m., $10 door, Student Union Building Jordan Ballroom, 1910 W. University Drive, 208-426-1551, sharonkahuha@u.boisestate.edu.

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