2023 AASA Wax Museum

The African American Student Association held its annual wax museum on Feb. 23.

Over the years the event has changed quite a bit, as it used to be an event in which students would go around and hear stories from AASA Members dressed up as ‘wax’ figures of different historical figures,” co-president Pearl Oyewole said. “Now the event is more of an interactive museum, where students go to multiple rooms with different themes that highlight Black history and culture. For the sake of tradition and familiarity, the name has stayed the same.”

The wax museum’s purpose is to educate students on Black history as well as showcase African Americans’ talents and contributions.

I believe that this event is a great way to display the contributions that current students are making to their communities and culture, while also discussing historical contributions and notable figures in general,” Oyewole said. “Black History Month is often a time of education and celebration. My hope for this event is to be an educational experience for students to learn more about Black history or what unique contributions their peers are making. Similarly, I hope for people to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers as well as contributions African Americans have made to society in general.”

The event included various stations in which artwork was displayed as well as various parts of African American culture like waist beads.

“Black history means dignity and pride and being ok with the color of our skin…and just remembering the history of the African Americans who fought for us during slavery and all types of discrimination,” an AASA member said.

Generations of African Americans are honored for their sacrifice and contributions to history every February. 

“I hope that people can recognize the culture behind Black people, the culture behind what we do,” an AASA member said. “I hope that they will also be able to see that the color of our skin doesn’t matter.” 

Black history month is a reminder of African Americans’ resilience and accomplishments and represents the struggles and efforts of African Americans during adversity.

“BHM is a time to remember and cherish the fight that African Americans made in the US, to reach a place of equality and peace,” Chelsea Egbuna said. “It’s a time to respect their efforts and for us now, to take pride in something that took us so long to achieve.”

There are many ways to celebrate the achievements of African Americans like supporting Black-owned businesses or donating to charities that support anti-racism equity.

“Educating oneself or listening about the contributions Black people have made,” Antonia Dada said. “There is a lot more than people think and even more that has been overlooked.”


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