In honor of Black History Month, BSU’s African American Society has put on a variety of events for students to enjoy and celebrate Black History. For the month of February, the organization hosted a Black History Month Kick-Off meeting on February 1st to begin the celebration. This meeting served as an introduction to the month’s festivities and for members to reconnect to begin the new semester. The BSU Police Department was invited to this event so that a connection could be established between students of color and campus police. This was followed by a Watch Party meeting where Black history episodes from popular sitcoms were played. After, the group participated in Flynn Dining Commons’ “Pass the Plate” event on the 9th. Here, the BSU community got a chance to try different foods representing our various multiple cultural clubs on campus. The African American Society featured a plate consisting of barbecue chicken, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and cornbread for people to enjoy.
At this event, the organization’s Vice President, Imani Barbour, told The Comment that they will also be hosting a Black History Jeopardy meeting on February 15th and concluding the month with a discussion about clan culture on the 27th. According to Barbour, the goal of the Black History Month campaign is to “talk about how we want other people outside of our culture to look at us and respect us, but we don’t always do that within our own community. So, I think that acknowledging that and understanding ‘why is it that we look at each other as different skin tones and have issues within our own community?’ If we can work on a way to fix that and bring awareness to that situation, then we’ll be able to allow other people to see us the way we actually want to be seen.”
African American Society meets on Wednesdays from 5-6pm in RSU 212. Be on the lookout for events throughout the semester!