Concluding African American Heritage Month, Associated Student of Skyline College (ASSC), the Black Student Union (BSU), and the Career Center sponsored Brian Copeland in “Not a Genuine Black Man.” In his one man performance, Brian provided a sociological perspective on “identity” by taking his audience through a journey of his life, sharing his experiences growing up in the East Bay during the 60’s and 70’s. During his performance, Brian addressed the tough question: What does it mean to be genuinely black in today’s society? In a performance of laughter and tears, Mr. Copeland explores how our surroundings help make us who we are. Although our identities are influenced by others’ perspectives, it’s truly our personal self-awareness that ultimately determines our character, our confidence and our authenticity as individuals.
Students and faculty joined in to fill the theater as his performance was widely attended. Special thanks to all the instructors who brought their class, and the students who came out to support.
Article by Kwame Thomas