Changing the Perception presents the "Sankofa Show"

Monday, March 23, 2009

SC State’s student organization Changing the Perception Inc. will present the Sankofa Show on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 7 p.m. on the campus of SC State.

The mission of Changing the Perception Inc. is to transform the negative perceptions that are associated with certain aspects of Orangeburg, South Carolina’s community environment. Changing the Perception Inc. stimulates growth of positive youth based initiatives, the improvement of racial harmony, decreasing voter apathy, and improving the city’s health and environmental standards.

Changing the Perception Inc. aims to implement change through community service projects that emphasize racial harmony and increases public awareness about health and environmental issues.

The Sankofa Show’s symbol is the Sankofa. The icon is a bird with his body facing forward and his head looking back, it symbolizes the fact that in order to progress you have to know from whence you came. Sankofa is an Akan word that means, ‘we must go back and reclaim our past so we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today.’

The Sankofa Show seeks to educate the student audience on the history of SC State University and Claflin University campuses as well as the Orangeburg community.

The Sankofa Show will also showcase various talents to include: singers, dancers, steppers, entertainers, and spoken word artists.

Also in attendance will be Miss SC State, Uchechi E. Egbuhuzo, Miss Claflin, Krishelle Kingdom, SC State greek life members, Free Verse, DC and The Family, SC State Champagne Dancers, SC State Henderson Davis Theatre, The Tribudors, B.U.D and the Juice, and many more.

Proceeds from the Sankofa Show will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The event is funded through community grants from organizations, such as, believes that teenagers have the power to make a difference in their community, school, and in life. At they provide the tools and resources for teenagers to convert their ideas and energy into positive action.

There will be free t-shirts given to the first 50 students in attendance.

“The reason that the Sankofa Show was implemented was to combine what the students like to do with what they need to do and need to obtain an understanding for,” said Zachary Middleton, president of Changing the Perception Inc.

For more information about the Changing the Perception Inc. or the Sankofa Show contact Zachary Middleton at (803)378-2054.