Black History Month event highlights African fashion

A group of students took center stage at Eisenhower High School last week to showcase African culture-defining trends in culmination of Black History Month.

Courtesy Photo Eisenhower High School students took center stage last week to showcase African culture-defining trends in culmination of Black History Month.

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Eisenhower High School students took center stage last week to showcase African culture-defining trends in culmination of Black History Month.

From traditional dress worn by women to the attire donned by an African king, the Feb.[restrict userlevel= “subscriber”] 23 fashion show was a full glamour production that brought out dozens to celebrate.

The aim of the event was an effort to bring the community together through a cultural celebration, said Evelyn Udeh-Iyawe, a Frisbie Middle School teacher who spearheaded the event.

“I was born and raised in Africa and believe this is a great way to bring culture to this community,” said Udeh-Iyawe, of the event.

“The goal was to bring the community together and teach (everyone) to respect each other’s culture and show how fashion can bring people together,” she said.  “The world is a small place and we have to celebrate all cultures.”

Nearly a dozen multicultural models–all made up of Ike students–donned colorful-patterned traditional African garb worn in communities and during grand celebrations.

Student models included Hadiya Hall, Joy Adams, Bernard Iyawe, Jante Miller, Hanifah Hall, Aura Anderson, Kem Morris, Jasmin Solano, Deja Atkins, Michael Taylor and Isai Martinez.

The clothing for Saturday’s event was provided by Udeh-Iyawe and Dr. Ayanna Balogun, an administrator at Frisbie.[/restrict]

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