Black History Month is headlining four main town hall-styled events all month long; although, according to Tay Triggs of the Center for Multicultural Education,“We call it African-American History and Leadership month.”
This year the CME decided to bring these town hall meetings and their unity of community to campus starting on Feb. 4 with “Know Thyself,” and continuing on to the “Triple Threat: Minority, Professional, and On the Move” event on Feb. 11, “Better thyself” on Feb. 18 and “The Cooptation of the N Word” on Feb. 25. All of the events are being held in Blum Union’s Junior College Room.
These meetings are not the only events being held on campus. The Second Annual Black Heritage Ball is being held in the Fulkerson Center starting at 5 p.m. on Feb. 7, after the alumni meet and greet in Spratt 214 at 4 p.m.
During the Black Heritage Ball, an African Diaspora is being held for Central High school students, who will be reading five selections of poetry and writings from the era of slavery to the Presidency.
“We have his acceptance speech and we’re going to have a student read that,” said Ivory Duncan, a student intern working under Triggs. The reenactment is to commemorate the milestone of African-American Leadership in America.
Joseph Sebarenzi will be speaking on Peace and Reconciliation, another milestone of President Obama’s election, at the Fulkerson Center at 6 p.m. during the Black Heritage Ball. Sebarenzi, a survivor of Rowanda, works with Wolfman and Productions speaking on the lecture circuit.
Professor William Church, who teaches the African-American Literature course at Western, participates in African-American History events when his schedule allows. The Literature course is the closest course the University has to exposing students to African-American History and Leaders.
“It’s not a history course, but you can’t have the literature without the history,” Church said.
Duncan thinks the events are going to be great, and wants to get the word out because students should be involved with every aspect of culture, African-American and otherwise.
To help inspire students, the CME is even giving away five free tickets to the first five students that sign up to attend, a gesture of good faith to the student body that will have to pay $10.00 a ticket to attend.
A second contest is also being held for the best dressed students, male and female, who will get into the Black Heritage Ball for free.