Bahai News - Weekend show to stress racial unity on campus
Friday, January 24, 1997
Weekend show to stress racial unity on campus
By BREE FOWLER
State News Staff Writer
MSU students will be treated to an entertaining celebration of interracial
unity this weekend.
The Chicago Baha'i Youth Project, a group of multiracial performers, is
visiting the Wilson Hall Auditorium to put on a production for interested
students, said Rodney Patterson, director of the Office of Minority Student
"They are an outstanding group. I have seen them perform in the past,"
The performance is part of a program created at Wilson Hall called the
Multi-Racial Unity Project, which encourages students in the dorms to
form a shared community by giving students of different races more
opportunities to interact and socialize.
"(Socialization between different races) really doesn't happen as much as
we would like to happen," said Jeanne Gazel, coordinator of Building
Community on Campus, a division of the Urban Affairs Program.
The Wilson Hall student committee in charge of the multiracial living
program saw the Chicago performers during a group field trip to Chicago.
The group was excited to learn they could bring the performers to MSU.
The Chicago Baha'i Youth Workshop was formed seven years ago to promote racial
unity, equality of the sexes, peaceful conflict resolution and service
to the community through the performing arts.
The group ranges in age from 13- to 24-year-olds, and are from various
racial and ethnic backgrounds. They use dance with rap and hip-hop music,
along with dramatic skits to bring their message across.
The program takes its major philosophies from the Bahai faith, but also
draws from the teachings of all the world's major religions.
"They hear the message and instead of being one of one group hating another,
it's one of helping each other and getting along," Gazel said.
The performance, which is free and open to the public, is at 3 p.m. Saturday
in the Wilson Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the MSU Multi-Racial
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