BHM 2013 Spotlight: Phillip Williams

This year my BHM experience, was one I will truly never forget. I had the chance to be a liaison for the Black Masculinity in America, Part 2 program. I was so happy to do it because it was a new role of leadership I had never been in before. It was also was important for me to feel like my voice needed to be heard about this topic.

I loved the other programs as well! The Imani Pageant felt like a grander production and College Reunion went swell even though it was under 50 degrees all day :-/. My advice is that students need to partake in these events to let their voices be heard.

My first favorite moment was when the video I made was played during the event I helped to plan and everyone reacted to it. I wanted to get people talking about black masculinity and intersectionality in that way. I wanted people to see some masculine black gay males struggle to essentially be themselves. My second favorite moment was performing at Sankofa Poetry and Open Mic Night. I always wrote poems and songs as a kid, but was always shy. So when I performed My Mommy & Me, Me & Nicki, I got such a warm response that I felt I did a great job. 



Phillip Williams

2013 Black History Month Celebration

Balck Masculinity in America, Pt. 2, BHM Committee Liasion

MLK Day of Service

The LSU MLK Commemorative Committee kicks off with the MLK Commemorative Celebration with the MLK Day of Service on the national observance of Dr. King’s birthday on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013!

This is a great opportunity for LSU to give back in a major way and we would love for you to participate with us as we make a difference in our community! All Day of Service volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch and a FREE t-shirt!

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MLK Day of Service-A Day ON, not a day OFF!

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Harambee’: Life of a Committee Chairperson…

Coming into the Harambeé planning process, we were just a group of student leaders that Jacob Brumfield called on to assist with the event, but after the first meeting I decided that this would be the perfect real world test. I wanted to test my skills and my dedication to one single project. Could I commit to something for that long? Would my experience from high school get me through a University-level event? And more than anything, do I really want to go into a career in Public Relations? Although the committee began as an open forum for us leaders to relay ideas, I noticed that whenever anyone asked a question, all eyes would turn to me! I figured then that if this group needed a leader, then I could try my hand at it. It wound up being a defining moment for my future.

The planning process was sometimes hazy, but with the help of the committee and our campus entities, I was able to piece things together bit-by-bit in my head. It was important for me to watch something come together from scratch, to know that nothing is too big if you knock it out one piece at a time. At some points, it seemed that we were lost on what to do or where to go from our last meeting, but eventually we made decisions and muddled along to get everything pushed through.

As a student who rarely attended Harambeé, as chair I came to the see how amazing this program could be for the African-American community on our campus. Harambeé doesn’t just showcase people who look like myself (African-American), it also brings out members of the Hispanic, LGBTQ, and other minority communities together in one area. Harambeé also gives members of these communities to meet some of the faculty and see how they, as administrators, work for us and for our success.

By the day of, I was going from the moment my eyes opened. It reminded me of doing events in high school because my adrenaline is an 11 on a scale of 1-10, but I’m enjoying it more than anything. The rushing, the running, and the panic have all become things that I’ve unfortunately grown to love, despite how bad they are for my health. With few hiccups along the way, the time flew by before my eyes as usual, and before I knew it, half of the program was finished.

My favorite part of the entire process was after Harambeé let out into the Harambeé Café, I walked upstairs after everything was set up and running, to the balcony that overlooks the North Lobby. From there I watched the band get into their performance while people poured into the area. To watch so many students from Southern, BRCC, and LSU come together in our Student Union because of an event that I poured my energy and effort into made it all worth it. The sample of an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Dog, smoothie, and bottles of Dasani that made up my diet for that day, weren’t on my mind at all, instead I was watching my work come to life.

All in all, I came into the committee only expecting to work from the outside to put the program together, but soon I was enveloped in what I could only call… Harambeé. It helped me realize where I really want to go in my future, and also that I’m more than ready to start on my next event and continue on my journey to really leaving a mark on LSU’s campus!

Jared Williams

Harambee’ Committee Chairperson 2012