“Okay ladies now let’s get in formation.”
Penn State’s chapter of the National Council for Negro Women (NCNW) held their third annual Women in the Arts Event Thursday night at the Nittany Lion Inn. Women in the Arts serves at a platform for black women at Penn State to showcase their artistic talents in a supportive and uplifting environment. Spoken word, dance, theatre and music were performed during the event.
The National Council of Negro Women was started by educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935 with the mission of representing both the national and international concerns of Black women. In addition, the organization works to “give Black women the opportunity to realize their goals for social justice and human rights through united, constructive action.”
Actress and dancer Taylour Paige was the special guest of the night. Page currently stars as main character Ahsha Hayes in VH1’s new drama series Hit the Floor.
Paige spoke to the crowded room in Assembly Hall on the importance of sisterhood and empowerment.”Her success is not your failure; friendship is when one wins, we all win,” Paige said.
She also emphasized the importance of self-love and self-preservation for Black women.”Fear can’t win,” Paige said. “You matter, you are enough.”
The event was sponsored by NCNW in conjunction with UPAC and Educational Equity.
Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy