HPU Community Gathers for Annual Black Heritage Service

Mar 01st, 2017

HPU Community Gathers for Annual Black Heritage Service

Student Janay Morant performs with the Genesis Gospel Choir during the service.


HIGH POINT, N.C., March 1, 2017 – High Point University’s fourth annual Black Heritage Service brought students, faculty and community members together in Hayworth Chapel on Feb. 26.

Hosted by HPU’s Black Cultural Awareness Club, the service was a special time of sharing African-American heritage, listening to the voices of the black experience, and encouraging all people to work together in promoting unity and understanding.

Taking up the theme, “Lessons, Legacy and Love,” the service featured special guests from the community, including Mary Lou Blakeney and Beau Williams, who shared their personal experiences.

Student Kalen Smith paints during the Black Heritage Service.

“It is always inspiring to hear directly from survivors of racism and discrimination,” says Aria Real, co-president of the HPU Black Cultural Awareness Club. “It is important to see life through the eyes of those who have lived our history. We never want to forget where we come from and how America has evolved and continues to need growth.”

The service also included music, dance and art with performances by the HPU Genesis Gospel Choir and Otesha Dance Ensemble.