On February 11 Guttman presented Black to the Future: African Diaspora Fashion to showcase modern fashions of the African Diaspora and to support and give more exposure to fashion designers of African descent. The event was part of Guttman’s celebration of Black History Month. The show focused on the diverse cultures of the African Diaspora and presented important facts about the history of Africans during the slave trade in several countries to foster learning among faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff members volunteered as models to represent 32 different countries, including Senegal, Brazil, and Russia.
The participating fashion show designers were Ms. Toya Floyd, Mrs. Iris Ampofo-Barnes of Simply Ma’am Clothing company, Mr. Henry Ampofo of Ampofo Brothers, LLC, and Mr. Kevin Odei of Magko Afrik Designs.
The Black to the Future fashion event was organized by Arlene Peterson, Diversity Program Manager, with assistance from: Associate Professor Marcus Allen; the UMOC Scholars; the Office of Academic Affairs; Office of the President; and the Student Government Association. Show assistants included Lizz Maldonado (make-up artist), Saudia Shariff, Marcia Edwards, Charmaine Cruise, and Esperanza (Essie) Martin.
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