B/AACC to host Black History Month events the rest of February

Yixuan Xie

From Jan.31 to Mar.1, the Black/African American Cultural Center will host a series of events in honor of Black History Month such as Black is/Black ain’t, Black Women’s Summit, Rams for Social Justice: A Student’s Role in Creating Change and InnatelyU Liberation Circles.

Michelle Mendoza performs her spoken word poem “Here I Stand,” as part of the Black History Month Kick-Off Event on Feb. 1. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

It is the first time for B/AACC to introduce the “Being Black And…” series, which will explore how identities in addition to being Black influences the way Black individuals show up.

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There will be a total of three “Being Black And…” sessions in the series: Being Black and Undocumented on Feb. 15in Room 322 of the Lory Student Center, Being Black and Disabled on Feb.22 in Room 322 of the Lory Student Center, and Being Black and Gender Non-Binary on Mar.1 in Room 376 of the LSC. Each of these will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Keynote speakers including Angela Davis, Lecia Brooks and Manoucheka Celeste will come to campus for the celebration.

Jenny Olson, a sophomore studying international studies, said she is looking forward to Angela Davis’s speech Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the LSC Theater.

“Angela Davis is a very well-known speaker, and I believe that she will bring an awesome talk,” Olson said.

In addition to the keynote speaker events, Real Talks, designed to help CSU have an in-depth discussion on various topics, will be held in February. Topics will include Embracing our Culture: Africans vs African Americans on Feb. 6, Interracial Love on Feb. 13, Black Hair on Feb. 20 and How Far we’ve come on Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. These will be held in Room 335 of the LSC.

Shoshone Kendall, an environmental natural resources and economics junior, said Real Talks will be important conversations.

“I feel like it is necessary to recognize how history in the past been brutal towards (African-American and Black communities),” Kendall said. “It is a good way to make sure that bad history will not be repeated.”

The Black Student Alliance Comedy Show and Stepping through the Decades Step Show will be held Feb.16 at 6 p.m. at LSC and Feb.17 at 6 p.m. respectively in the LSC Theater and both events will be hosted by Nate Jackson.

On Feb. 28, there will be a closing celebration at 7:30 p.m.

The complete schedule can be found at http://www.baacc.colostate.edu/black-history-month-programs-.

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