MOSAIC events to celebrate heritage

To celebrate black history month, MOSAIC hosted several festivities around campus.

On Wednesday, lunch in the cafeteria celebrated with a Soul Food theme. The leaders of MOSAIC came together to choose which tasty treats they wanted to share with the University community.

MOSAIC also set up a movie documentary Feb. 27 in Bynum Theatre. The event was moderated by Trisha Posey, assistant professor of history, and Marquita Smith, assistant professor of journalism.

The documentary, “Moving Midway,” featured the story of two families brought together by the literal moving of the plantation Midway.

The documenter went home to help in the moving of his family property. While he was there, he discovered that a whole line of his family was African American. One of these family members, Robert Hinton, now a historian at New York University, ended up co-producing the movie.

The emphasis turned from a story of moving houses to a family remembering their histories in the South and how they have both come to terms with it.

Posey said, “It’s a great film that highlights the reality that every American remembers the past differently, and that the memory of the American past is a significant part of the creation of our own identity.”

“It provides a model for what healthy interracial dialogue can look like,” she continued.

Tonight MOSAIC will put on another movie featuring Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds,” which also counts for chapel credit, and refreshments will be provided.

Broderick Wilson, MOSAIC vice president, said the second film’s purpose is to help viewers “question whether or not you’re living life your way or if you are living in someone else’s expectation. The movie is very influential, funny and heart-touching.”

Wilson said he wanted to “celebrate my heritage and engage with the campus through dialogue about racial reconciliation and the major issue of race in America. I believe that race is still a major issue, whether it is among Christians or non-believers. This is the role of MOSAIC, to attempt to get the campus culturally aware of different cultures traditions, struggles and to see what faith looks like in our lives and as we strive to get an education here at John Brown University.”