“Not only remember the civil rights movement, but also look back to see how the United States has changed over the last 150 years for the better.” – Liz Raterman
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Last month Alfred State, Alfred University and the community in general celebrated Martin Luther King’s achievements. This month, there will be multiple events scattered throughout in celebration of Black History Month. Stop the Violence Coalition will be February 18. Whispering Black on February 19 in Engineering Technology Building 215 at 8pm. Baub Bidon, Poet/Speaker will be here on February 21 in Central Dining Hall at 8pm. There will be a movie that is still be determined on February 24 and a Safe Zone Party on February 25.
With this month being very eventful, Black Student Union (BSU) expects very positive feedback from the students. However it does depends on the event. The movie might not be too big due to being on a Friday night. But generally there will be anywhere from fifty to sixty people. Typically there is not a lot of faculty at events that take place during the evenings. They are hoping that for the Poet (Baub Bidon) on February 21, students might receive extra credit for attending. It would be good to see faculty and staff taking part in programs that incorporate Black History Month in the future.
Black Student Union (BSU) has always had the support from many organizations around the Alfred State Campus and even Alfred University such as Kaleidoscope Coalition, Latin American Student Organization (LASO) and Umoja (Alfred University). They will be working closely with Up ‘til Dawn for this years Fashion Show.