Missouri State University Observes Black History Month, Celebrates Unity and Community

Black History Month a time for reflection | Bradenton Herald

Several SIU organizations have scheduled 22 events for Black History month, centered around African Americans in times of war. Community members and alumni are invited to participate along with PHCC students and employees.

Wednesday's question related to Thurgood Marshall, who was the U.S. Supreme Court's first African-American justice. This work of African American historical fiction has been featured in book expos, nominated for awards, and was chosen as the book of the month for the Sisters Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center in Harlem, NY. "So I can be in school, so I can be in college, so I can be free as an American".

"What I particularly like about this exhibit is that it's integrated throughout the whole gallery because it's integral throughout the city's history", she said, adding the exhibit is not afraid to tackle racism and discrimination in its displays either. At Black History Month Eve, students were able to enjoy a live museum, entertainment, and food while counting down into February.

Once we as humans can see the humanity in our fellow man, said Jones, we can move beyond dividing factors such as race and become a more unified society.

"I don't really see an issue with it", he said.

Other students, like Tanzanian native Bukusu Anastzie, does not feel that Black History Month is an integral part of her identity as an African.

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In an e-mail response to The Globe and Mail on Thursday, principal Dave Chambers said the idea had been suggested by the students' Black History Committee "as a way to promote Black History Month in combination with a dress-down day". This event, on January 31, marked the beginning of a month long celebration of black history, achievements, and culture.

While Brown said she is hoping to attend all of the events she can for Black History Month, she said she is most excited about Celebration of Black Art: Back to Black, and the opportunities to learn from it. "Every week, I'm running about seven cool and surprising Black History Month facts for the kids to read at lunch".

Meramec African American history professor Trevin Jones encourages Americans to not just celebrate the achievements of a few black citizens but to take time to recognize all of the people involved, those in the spotlight and those in the shadows alike.

Peppers is a junior who's double majoring in Political Science and Africana Studies and said the themes in these events have many parallels to the current state of the university's restructuring plan.

"We would like for everyone to come out to as many events as they can within this month", Anderson said. "Ultimately that's what I think these celebrations are about - coming together".

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