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Black Student Unions Rites of Passage Ceremony

Sunday, May 12, 2019
from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

African American Performing Arts Center

Keynote Speaker: Russell Contreras, an Associated Press reporter who will be speaking about the "green book," that African Americans used on Routt 66, in New Mexico and other states, to find hotels or places to stay when traveling. 

The Black Student Unions Rites of Passage Ceremony, an annual event for members of the BSU who meet specific criteria, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Expo New Mexico (the state fairgrounds) in the African American Performing Arts Center.

During the ceremony, graduating seniors receive Kente cloths as part of the tradition. The word Kente means “that which will not tear under any condition.” Each pattern is different and special and the colors have meaning. Gold means wealth and good luck, and red stands for beauty and life. The cloth is a form of non-verbal communication that expresses pride and identity. Kentes, which have never been mass-produced, include all the elements of culture and are a celebration of life.

The seniors often wear the Kente cloths during graduation activities.


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