ABC recognizes the importance of cultural education
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ABC recognizes the importance of cultural education

Published 11/02/18

Sebastian Cooper

TNE Writer

The Association of Black Collegians operates under the office of Diversity & Inclusion. It ties in educational opportunities with fun activities to cultivate diverse and cultural learning for the African American community on campus. These educational opportunities include documentaries, guest speakers, learning activities, group discussions on current events, outreach discussions to broaden the awareness of what it means to be an active voice for the African American community.

“The mission and purpose of ABC is to unite the African American students on campus, considering that we attend a predominately white institution,” said Braelynn Hale, ABC vice president. “Do not be deceived by the name of the organization, we encourage membership of any and all races interested in joining. The vision of ABC is for the organization to be seen and heard on campus and in the community. Bearing in mind that there are so few African Americans in Tahlequah in general, we would like to show that we are here and we are doing great things.”

The history of ABC consists of years of dedication by its members through numerous fundraisers, social and activism events and through group meetings. ABC has been on campus for over 10 years since its original founding and has gone through numerous transitions in leadership over the years after the club went inactive and then was revived by its dedicated members.

Future events planned by ABC include a skit night and a Christmas party at the end of the semester. The skit night is open to any organization and involves the participating organizations choosing a television show and act out scenes with characters. The Christmas party includes a movie premiere, hot chocolate and snacks. There has been no set date scheduled for these events yet.

ABC seeks to be a voice on campus and by doing so, they hope to achieve social understanding throughout campus. NSU is home to students with diverse backgrounds, and ABC hopes to encapsulate the opportunity to bring cultural learning opportunity to its students.

“As the president, I would like to see ABC become a well-known organization on campus,” said LeRoicia Penney, ABC president. “I want ABC to participate in more school activities and bring activities to NSU by sharing our culture and our values. The overall vision of the organization is to secure racial equality and unity, create an awareness of African American culture, and strive for academic excellence by developing a spiritually minded, well-rounded individual who can communicate beyond racial and cultural boundaries.

ABC membership meetings are open to all individuals who share the same vision as the organization, regardless of race or ethnicity. With roughly 15-34 members, ABC welcomes any student to come, participate and be involved in the organization. Other than their own events, ABC is also involved with other events throughout campus.

“We have had members help with the Kwanzaa event last fall semester, assist NAB with the movie premiere of Black Panther and some members have attended the Big 12 Black Student Leadership conference,” said Jeran McGill, Muskogee senior.

The Association of Black Collegians meet regularly at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays in the lounge area of the university center basement.

For more information about the Association of Black Collegians, email Penney at

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