African Caribbean Students Association Set to Celebrate Black History Month


AFCASA Lakehead UniversityTHUNDER BAY – Entertainment – Black History Month began in the United States as “Negro History Week” in February 1926, through the work of African American scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson.  His aim was to raise awareness and understanding in the school curriculum of the African experience around the world.

The United States began to formally celebrate Black History Month in the 1960s. Through community activities, organizers sought to present a more balanced and accurate picture of Black history.  Whereas Black History Month affirms the importance of Black history and heritage which span thousands of years and include some of the greatest, most advanced and innovative societies in world history.

Black History Month is a time to honour and celebrate the achievements of African descent all over the world and their contributions to the social, economic, cultural and political life. It provides an opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the history, pride and strength of Africans.  Black History Month reminds us that African descent have been at the forefront of the struggle for fair treatment and equal opportunity for all, it challenges us to reaffirm our efforts to address the causes and effects of racism and recommit ourselves to building an inclusive society.

Since 1976, AFCASA (African Caribbean Students Association) has become a significant and reputable club under the LUSU umbrella that encourages students from various backgrounds and cultures to support activities and events on and off campus.

As a club we promote and focus our attention on educating the student population and the Thunder Bay community about African and Caribbean culture.

AFCASA envisions a community of students who are actively recognized for their positive contributions to society.  Our members are from all walks of life and span around the globe as AFCASA accepts all cultures equally, and promotes this acceptance.  We have worked together to do this not only as a club, but as a large family.

The African Caribbean Student Association (AFCASA) in collaboration with CAMAC will be holding their annual Black History Month celebrations February 4th, 2012.  It is a month long event where we promote our various cultures, tradition and organizational purposes to the Thunder Bay Community.

The theme for the month long event is “The Rebirth”; we believe that this association has been transformed and revived towards the pathway of success and as such, achieved greater heights.

However, we believe that through education, information, and entertainment we have learnt to accept, support and co-exist in harmony and also believe we are all one people sharing one love.

The club has made some major contributions on an international level which placed Lakehead University on a national scale.  In the last four years AFCASA raised $2000.00 for Life Water Canada which went towards building a well in Haiti.

Prior to this, AFCASA has been involved with promoting the World University Services of Canada with their student refugee program as well as supporting the Canadian Feed the Children Charity Organization.  Our vision and focus has and will always be to embrace the student community with meaningful memorable cultural experiences.

AFCASA is a home for us all and we do encourage each and everyone from inside or outside the Thunder Bay community to be a part of an association where you can be happy, cherised and loved. I look forward to seeing each and everyone of you reading this article at the dinner event on February 4th, 2012.

Its a dinner you wouldn’t want to miss out on as we will be having an African Caribbean Style dishes as well as Vegetarian dishes too, lots of entertainment both local and international, performances by the AFCASA dancers, Rocksteady Band, fashion show brought to you by your favourite shopping place in town; Urban Boutique and many more.  This event will take place at The Moose Hall on 434 Fort William Road in Thunder Bay.

Please feel free to join us in our after dinner jamz brought to you by Dj Big D from LU Radio and Dj Magic Flows; Toronto’own favourite.

This is an event you wouldnt want to miss.  If you can’t make the dinner, please put on your dancing shoes and join our AFTER DINNER JAMZ!!!

Tickets will be available at Lakehead University (LUSU Office), Thunder Bay Multicultural Centre (TBMA), The Moose Hall and the Urban Boutique (King of styles and Hip Hop).  For more information, questions, and concerns please email us at or call 807-343-8860.

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Dyki Nwosah

President of AFCASA

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