Trent University Oshawa Presents: Still I Rise! Celebrating Humanity. A celebration of black histories and futures, culture, and academic research designed to engage, educate, inspire and inform.
Organizers at Trent University personify an inclusive and mutually supportive vision of the future and hope to touch the lives of residents throughout the GTA by inviting the community to join them on this journey. For centuries the black diaspora has led the way in triumphing over adversity: drawing inspiration from those millions and millions of unacknowledged moments, we dispense with backward-looking thoughts or baggage and, instead, direct our shared futures to inclusivity and oneness. Trent students invite community members – regardless of colour, ethnicity, nativity, age, education, or any other monikers of difference or sameness – to help us collectively explore, debate, and discuss the best ways to celebrate our similarities and differences through fellowship and informed dialogue. Maya Angelou’s Still I Rise inspires us to seek greatness together:
Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.