Association of Black Collegians celebrates Black History Month
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Association of Black Collegians celebrates Black History Month

Published 2/1/2018

Ciarra Hankins

TNE Writer

The month of February has been recognized as Black History Month by the president of the United States every year since 1976. Gerald Ford was president that year and gave the first annual address on Black History month.

“In celebrating Black History Month, we can take satisfaction from this recent progress in the realization of the ideals envisioned by our Founding Fathers,” said Ford during his message on the observance of Black History Month. “But, even more than this, we can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

Black History Month is a time for Americans to acknowledge the achievements of the black community throughout U.S. history. It is a time to learn more about the American Civil Rights Movement and other victories that are important to the black community and are significant to the history of the United States.

“Black is beautiful, black is bold, black is black, but black is gold,” said Tori Peterson, Tulsa senior.

An organization that is working hard to help educate the NSU community on the diversity of African-American culture is the Association of Black Collegians. ABC is an active part of the NSU community. The organization participates in community service, attends conferences and organizes events on campus.

“The theme of ABC is unity, pride and progress,” said Dejon Jordan, Diversity and Inclusion coordinator and Black Heritage Committee chair. “Simply put, in order to move forward and make a difference on campus and in our community, we aim to show unity as a collective group and pride in who we are and where we as African-Americans come from, always looking for ways in which to progress in education and civic engagement.”

This organization gives African-American students the opportunity to bond and provides an opportunity for students from every ethnic background to share these bonds.

“ABC means, to me, expanding the knowledge of diversity and adapting to one another and experiencing something new,” said Tasmine Houston, Eufaula senior.

ABC teamed up with the NSU’s Black Heritage Committee in celebrating Black History Month this year, and the theme is Re-Activate. Below is a list of the events planned for February.

●      Black History month includes trivia night and bingo at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the UC Ballroom sponsored by ABC and the Black Heritage Committee.

●      ABC is having a lunch fundraiser for $8 a person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 at the BCM. Funds go to aid in sending ABC members to the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

●      The Black Heritage Committee is bringing Leila Foley Davis to speak at 1 p.m., Feb. 15 in the Webb Auditorium. She was the first African-American female mayor in the country, serving in Taft.

●      ABC is organizing a talent show on Feb. 28. The time and location are to be determined.

For more information , follow the ABC Facebook page @ABC.NSUOK.

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