Instead of staying in on a Friday night, some Loras College Duhawks flocked to the ACC Ballrooms to hear from performing artist, poet, and actor Monti Washington. This two-hour collaborative and interactive event was put together by the College Activities Board (CAB) and the Black Student Union (BSU) in celebration of Black History Month.
Monti Washington is an award-winning poet, and when he isn’t sharing words of inspiration, he’s on the screen acting in commercials for brands such as Nike, Microsoft, and Netflix movies. During his visit, Washington shared his journey from the streets to the stage. The interactive presentation began with Washington discussing the importance of confidence, which he introduced with an activity called, “You are the Sh*t”. This activity engaged students to highlight their accomplishments of what makes them awesome. Washington selected five Duhawks at random, and when it was time to present, they received a roll of toilet paper, followed by a “Yay” from those in the crowd. This prompted positivity and being supportive of one another.
Washington mentioned “Dreaming Wide Awake”. He mentioned from personal experience that society can be negative and try to tear us down. He was told by society that he couldn’t be an actor, a poet, or even a college graduate, but he eventually accomplished his goals. His success can be demonstrated by the two college degrees and the various poetry awards he has received, in addition to his feature in an upcoming Netflix Series. Monti stated that it’s important to believe in yourself, and whenever you hear someone say you can’t do something, you should challenge that, and do anything you put your mind to; he encouraged students to put in effort to accomplish their goals.
“You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a middle-wage effort.” Washington told students.
“This event was great. I took away a lot from Monti to love myself more and to remember that I can do whatever I put my mind to. I look forward to doing more collaborative events with CAB and the future events BSU will put on for the student body,” first-year Samantha Watts, president of the Black Student Union said on the event.
Many students enjoyed this interactive event and look forward to having Monti Washington visit Loras College again. This is one of the many upcoming in celebration of Black History Month, so stay tuned for future events.