Eyes on the Prize: Honoring Black Excellence, A Black History Month Celebration

Published on February 6, 2015 | Written by

Join us February 20-27, 2015 for a series of events designed to promote and honor the strengths of Pan-African culture and to showcase the accomplishments, creativity, and virtuosity of Twin Cities’ Black youth.  Now in its fourth year, Youthprise’s annual Black History Month (BHM) celebration has become a central component to the local community in celebrating the rich diversity of Minnesota’s communities of African descent. A diverse group of individuals from our community have attended our series of events, which have been featured on various media outlets, such as MPR, WCCO News, KMOJ Radio, KFAI Radio Insight News, and the Spokesman Recorder.


This year’s celebration offers a platform to reflect upon the many experiences and contributions of Pan-Africans historically, while examining pathways to support, promote, and celebrate the promise and ingenuity of Black youth.  The overarching purpose is to lift up young people of who are doing great things here in the Twin Cities and to harness resources to collectively support their further development.

Consistent with our past Black History Month Celebrations, youth have taken the lead role in planning and implementing these events. The gifts, talents, and perspectives of youth have always been prominently showcased and recognized during past Black History Month Celebrations. This year, BHM events will intensify that focus by ensuring that young people will take center stage, serving as keynote speakers and moderators for key events.

Over the four-day period, we will hold several events, including our Community Forum on Friday, February 27th. Details below:

  • Community Fair (4:00 PM-5:45 PM) – Come out right before the Community Forum and enjoy fun, educational activities focused on Pan-African culture and traditions.  The fair will feature an ethnic buffet; art, language, and science workshops; plus a curated interactive art and history exhibit that examines Pan-African culture.
  • Community Forum (6:00-7:30 PM) – Co-sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools, this youth-led Community Forum culminates the week’s events. The forum will include a range of presentations and performances that celebrate and showcase the great work of Black youth, honor local heroes and sheroes who have made great contributions to Twin Cities’ young people, and offer a platform for intergenerational discussion on how we as a community can support prosperity and well-being among Twin Cities Pan African youth.  The forum will feature youth performances, youth-led panel discussions, and a keynote address by a local youth.  The forum will close with an intergenerational choir led by the Grammy Award Winning recording artists, Sounds of Blackness. You can register here.

The full list of events is here.

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