Celebrating Black History Month at Snow College

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Photo by Shalyn Medeiros

Photo by Shalyn Medeiros

Snow College will be having an ethnic pot luck on February 25.  Students of different ethnic backgrounds are invited to cook dishes from their personal cultures.

They will give out samples of these foods in hopes to create talk between the different ethnic groups and all those that attend.

Each year, aThis year’s  specific theme is chosen, and this year the theme is Civil Rights in America .  This theme was chosen by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The Black Student Union showed a movie about one of black history’s hero. Brandon Bradley, Special Teams Coordinator, said, “The movie was shown last week for two days. Both viewings were started with a presentation on black leaders and those leaders that change the landscape for blacks.”

Many banners and posters have been put up around campus and the Greenwood Student Center with facts and pictures about man black heroes.  Along with that, there will be student speakers sharing their thoughts and feeling on black history.

“This is what we will be doing this year in hopes to build a base so that in the future, black history month becomes a campus wide event.” Bradley said.

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month is the annual celebration of the accomplishments of black Americans and the role they play in the history of the United States.

The celebration originated from a national Negro history week sponsored by Carter G. Woodson.  In 1926, Woodson chose the second week of February to correspond with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

In 1976, the week became a month and since then, every United States president has formally designated the month of February as Black History Month.  The event inspired schools and communities nationwide to organize local celebrations, establish history clubs, and host performances and lectures.

Each year, a specific theme is  chosen, and this year the theme is Civil Rights in America.  This theme was chosen by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

People of the United States celebrate National African American History Month in many ways.  Some of the most popular include,include: cruises, theatre productions, and public speakers.

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