Black/African American Cultural Center offers diverse events for Black History Month

Annie Ngo

The Black/African American Cultural Center will be hosting a series of events to recognize, celebrate and educate the Colorado State University community about Black History Month, held from Feb. 2  to March 2.

This year’s theme, “A Pledge to Our Youth,” provides events to honor and recognize the achievements of black men and women in U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, BAACC will be holding a number of events such as keynote speakers, a hair fashion show and a screening of “Dear White People.”

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“It’s good to be cultured and to learn about others,” said Mariah Stewart, a senior journalism major. “We can’t be a melting pot if we don’t know about others.”

Stewart said she is looking forward to the Sex for Chocolate event, held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Clark C 142. She said she is excited to learn more about how to be protected and how to get friends involved with societal issues.

“Black History Month is a reminder of how far we’ve come and how far we’ve gone,” said Omo Odia, a junior business major. “It’s time for education and a great time to celebrate black history.”

Odia said she goes to the BAACC office because it is a home away from home. Black History Month - CSU

The Hair Show will take place Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theatre, where hair designers will showcase the various African American hairstyles as models rock the runway.

“Dear White People” will be screened Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

An internationally known dance troupe based out of New York City will merge spirit and energy with talent, passion and creativity. This event is free for students at the iBox and $30 for the community, March 2 at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Center.

“It’s important for students to be aware of Black History Month because it gives students of all races and ethnicities the chance to learn more about influential black leaders,” said Eboni Stevenson, a freshman majoring in social work. “We can gain a better understanding of what African Americans have gone through in this country and how we have contributed to it.”

Stevenson said she appreciates the Real Talks that the Black/African American Cultural Center puts on weekly. Stevenson said she feels it is relevant to Black History Month and believes that being able to talk with other students about Black History Month, including issues that concern us, is important and extremely eye-opening.

“Black History Month brings a lot of rich history that isn’t traditionally brought to light,” said Khalil Perkins, a sophomore communications major who is a member of the United Men of Color. “A lot of Black history is inspiring for people seeking advocacy in their everyday lives.”

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