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Black History Month


Culture vultures: Appropriation, appreciation of Black culture

Culture vultures: Appropriation, appreciation of Black culture

Sulaiman Akbar, Staff Reporter March 8, 2023

Appropriating is different from appreciating culture. One of the Real Talk events at Colorado State University’s Black/African American Cultural Center discussed Black culture and the definition of "culture...

Howard Kichelow stands for the 1938 Aggies wrestling team photo. (Photo courtesy of CSU Athletics Department) (Photo illustration by Christine Moore-Bonbright | The Collegian)

Pioneers of CSU Athletics: Alfred Johnson & Howard Kinchelow

Scott Nies February 11, 2021

On March 21, 1945, Kenny Washington joined the Los Angeles Rams and became the first Black football player to sign an NFL contract. Forty years earlier, Alfred Johnson became the first Black football...

Raska International Cuisine & Sauce is located at 128 Laurel St. and provides Ethiopian cuisine to the Colorado State University and Fort Collins communities. (Luke Bourland | The Collegian).

Black-owned restaurant brings rich Ethiopian flavors to FoCo

Alexandra MacDonald February 10, 2021

Black History Month presents itself as an opportunity to reflect on history and celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans. Within this annual event, there is an opportunity to embrace global...

Founded in 1910, all that is left of the once thriving Dearfield, Colorado is the shells of buildings that once made up the downtown and the foundations of a few surrounding farm houses. At its peak in the 1920s, 600 Black farmers and families shopped, traded and attended church inside now dry, rotting walls held up by equally degraded supports. The buildings, now vandalized remnants of the dust bowl sitting along U.S. Route 34, are slowly being reclaimed by the prairie that once provided life and a new start for many. (Matt Tackett | The Collegian)

Uncovering Colorado’s historic Black agricultural community

Sam Moccia February 10, 2021

On the morning of Jan. 12, 1918, readers of The Denver Star, the city’s foremost Black newspaper, were greeted with something curious standing out among the various political commentaries. “The...

Local singer songwriter Julia Kirkwood looks at her parents as she plays guitar in Old Town square, Feb. 6. (Anna von Pechmann | The Collegian)

Singer Julia Kirkwood paves way for young musicians

Maddy Erskine February 9, 2021

In 2019, on the Mountain Avenue Stage in Old Town, 13-year-old Julia Kirkwood wowed the audience with her original music, stunning voice and effortless self-accompaniment on the acoustic guitar and...

Immigration Law Office of Kimberly Baker Medina on Feb. 6. This building was the former residence of the Thomas family. After moving to Eaton in 1910 where they had their son Virgil, John and Mamie Thomas moved to this house in Fort Collins around 1930. Mamie worked as a cook for the school district and Virgil went to Fort Collins junior high and high school. Virgil became a star offensive lineman on the team and would later go on to accept a football scholarship from Wilberforce College  in Ohio and later would serve in the European theatre of World War II, fighting as an infantry corporal in Italy and Germany. John Thomas stayed in that home with his wife Mamie until he passed away around 1968. (Gregory James | The Collegian)

Fort Collins works to preserve City’s Black landmarks

Isaiah Dennings February 9, 2021

The City of Fort Collins Historic Preservation department created a website outlining narratives around Black historic locations within the city in an effort to preserve the sites as city landmarks.  Deeper...

(Graphic illustration by Robbie Haynes | The Collegian)

Cooke: Black culture has shaped American food and music

Cody Cooke February 9, 2021

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. The United States has...

(Graphic illustration by Robbie Haynes | The Collegian)

Eckburg: We should all be celebrating Black History Month

Bella Eckburg February 9, 2021

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board. February of each year is...

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