Black Love

Black Love

Haverford’s  Black Students League hosted the annual Tri-College Black Love formal on Saturday night, Feb. 15, in partnership with Bryn Mawr’s Sisterhood, the Swarthmore African American Student Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mighty Psi Chapter. Unlike previous years, in which the event was open just to Tri-Co students, this year’s event, held in Founders Hall, welcomed students from across the Philadelphia area.

More than 150 students attended the RSVP-only dinner, and even more showed up for the performances and dancing that followed. The event, which takes place each year during Black History Month, is designed to celebrate black community and strength, both past and present, and to encourage black students in the Philadelphia area to connect with others in sharing their story. Students from participating colleges also helped to design a photo campaign for the event, in memory of Trayvon Martin.

Hosting duties for the event rotate each year between the colleges in the Tri-College Consortium. Haverford last hosted Black Love in 2011, when it also took place in Founders Great Hall.

 Quaker Bouncers, left, check people in at the door.

Checking in at the door.

 

Black Student League leaders Tolani Babatunde '16 of Haverford and El Maxwell '15 of Villanova, helped organize the event.

Black Student League leaders Tolani Babatunde ’16 of Haverford and El Maxwell ’15 of Villanova, helped organize the event.

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Students from Swarthmore pose for a picture at the Black Love Dance February 15, 2014.

Students from Swarthmore pose for a picture at the Black Love Formal.

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Ramelcy Uribe '16, right, speaks to students and introduces other members of the BSL board.

Ramelcy Uribe ’16, right, speaks to students and introduces other members of the BSL board.

Bryn Mawr students Angel Suero '16, left, and Siobhan Glynn '17 at the Black Love Dance.

Bryn Mawr students Angel Suero ’16, left, and Siobhan Glynn ’17.

Bryn Mawr student Angel Suero '16 holds a sign that reads, "Self-love + love for my roots," when she thinks of Black Love.

Bryn Mawr student Angel Suero ’16 thinks of “Self-love + love for my roots,” when she thinks of Black Love.

Priscilla Acquaah of Villanova holds a sign stating how she celebrates Black History Month.

Priscilla Acquaah of Villanova holds a sign stating how she celebrates Black History Month.

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Award winning Poet and Temple Student Kai Davis performed at Black Love.

Award-winning poet and Temple University student Kai Davis performed at Black Love.

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