Friday, February 1, 2013

Celebrating Black History

What was once a single week celebrating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, two men who changed the course of history for African-American people, has grown into an entire month to celebrate the achievements of all African-Americans.  
“There is so much that black Americans have done to contribute to the American way of life; it’s hard to imagine not having a Black History Month,” said Chanel Alford, president of Vol State’s Association of Campus Events (ACE).
Alford said that she grew-up with a mother who felt there was no reason for Black History Month because it was a way of keeping those of color separate. Alford’s mom felt that black history is American history.
“As an ethnic group, black people started at ground zero and they have recovered from a cultural stigma,” said student Evan Ray. “It’s interesting to see how things have changed. People should be aware of black history.”
Student Avery Hovey who grew up in Portland, TN said there was not a large community of African- Americans and there were no black history events, so she does not know much about it.
“It (black history) should be incorporated more in the schools,” said Hovey.
“I never knew it was Black History Month unless it was advertised on television,” said dual enrollment student Ann Roberts, who is being home-schooled. “It’s good to know where people come from, because sometimes you prejudge things without knowing all the facts.”
To learn more about black history join the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives as they celebrate Black History Month.

Brown Bag Lunches
Feb. 4 at 12:30 in Ramer Great Hall “Reflections of Black History” with Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, Volunteer State Community College Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives.
Feb. 19 at 12:30 in Ramer Great Hall “Reflections of Black History” with Henderson Hill III, Austin Peay State University Director of Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.

Luncheons

Feb. 13 at 12:30 in the Wood Campus Center Carpeted Dining Room "Soul Food Luncheon"
Feb. 21 at 12:30 in the Wood Campus Center Carpeted Dining Room “Black History Recognition Luncheon” with Dr. Cynthia Calhoun, Southwest Tennessee Community College Executive Director of Student Retention and Graduation.      

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