Yesterday, Tuesday, Feb. 15th, I along with a hand selected group of SGA Vice President’s and one senator attended a networking/black history month forum hosted by PNC Bank in their newly opened eco-friendly Platinum LEED certified head office in DC.
The speaker was Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, newly appointed director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.
We traveled via metro from Ballston to Farragut West and walked less than one block to the PNC building (thankfully it wasn’t too cold that day either). Immediately, we were greeted with smiles and escorted to the top floor of this massive building. We checked out coats, picked up our pre-printed name tags, and transported ourselves straight into a movie scene. In every crevas of the space there were big smiles, dialogue, and the exchange of business cards. But what I set my sights on first were the hor d’ourves! (I’m a fatty at heart, what can I say?)
After we were greeted by Marymount University’s PNC representative (who graciously invited us to the event) we were given a tour of the new Platinum LEED certified building.
(I touched it… just to be sure it was really water)
After the tour, which was very informative (did you know that George Washington banked with PNC, or at least the bank that was bought by PNC… well now you know), was over we seated ourselves and listened to what would be the most exhilarating forum I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Black History Month is one that sometimes goes by unnoticed, or at least goes by without too much effort for programs. Real programs. Programs that teach you something new and not the typical “I have a dream” program which everyone can probably recite by heart now.
Dr. Muhammad, the new director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, was direct and precise with his word choice and very deliberate in his message. Black people as well as other races are limited when it comes to Black History. The unsung heroes, if you will, of Black History are constantly left in the dark and this is something that has to change because how can we look forward to the future without first acknowledging our past?
In essence the event was wonderful and I am so happy that I was able to experience it with other SGA members.
On top of the good food, endless caffeinated drinks, and program I also networked! Although, Kenneh Koroma should probably when an award for most business cards handed out at an event… haha.
I even met some of my sorority sisters at the event which only reinforces the notion that greek life can be a stepping stone to your next opportunity… just saying.