Originally, the African Students Association (ASA) was started by Dr. Dennis H. Laumann, a history professor at the University of Memphis, as a resource for African students on our campus. Over time, this community grew to encompass not just international students, but people from all backgrounds. As more people joined with appreciation for our cultures, ‘A Night in Africa’ was introduced and has become a tradition over the years to celebrate our diverse African heritage. Due to Covid, ASA has had a small discontinuity, but we have bounced back and are trying to bring back this tradition.
Given ASA’s goal of providing a home away from home for students of African descent and those interested in African culture, ‘A Night in Africa’ is a platform to celebrate African culture through music, fashion and food. Our past events before Covid have been highly successful with eye-catching and unique displays of men and women walking the runway showcasing a variety of African fabrics, clothing and styles. Also, the music and diversity of food from different parts in Africa provides energetic vibes and a fun-filled atmosphere. This has attracted crowds of people who are excited to be part of the experience, have a sense of belonging and feel closer to the African heritage. Considering the success of past events, we are highly optimistic that, with the right support, reviving this tradition of ‘A Night in Africa’ will be worthwhile. Donations are greatly appreciated and will be put towards the costs of the performers and hosting the event!