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Celebrate Black History Month 2016

Erin Henderson
“Black History Month is way for people to understand the history because high schools fail to teach Black History as in depth as they should.” – Pilots Student Erin Henderson, Secretary, Freshman Action Team, Black Student Union

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. This year, K-State’s Black Student Union and the Office of Diversity are running a month-long celebration of events to honor Black History month!

  • Follow the social media campaign on Twitter using the hashtag  #TheBlackExperience for students to promote and uplift black culture at K-State.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha will be hosting a fashion show on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm  to showcase business fashion for the upcoming Big XII Conference for Black Student Government in which 30 members of K-State’s BSU will in attendance.
  • Members of the BSU will also be giving back to the community by spending a day with the Boys and Girls club in Manhattan to engage in a variety of activities including health awareness.

    Nikki Allums
    “I think the importance of Black History Month is that Black History is American history.” – Pilots Student Nikki Allums, Treasurer, Freshman Action Team, Black Student Union
  • The Black Student Union presents: Soul Cafe featuring our special guests spoken word poet and musician Tebe Zalango and local Kansas City band, “The Ministry”. This event will have live music, dancing, poetry, and much more! Doors open at 6:30, the show begins at 7pm!
  • This year’s annual Black History Month Keynote Lecture presented by the Black Student Union features Maggie Anderson, author of the book, Our Black Year. Anderson has become the voice of American consumers of all backgrounds who want to make sure their buying power positively impacts struggling minority communities.

The theme for 2016 is, Hollowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories.” The theme honors sacred sites associated with our nation’s diverse history, from ancient black history month1archaeological sites to the homes of poets and presidents to the sobering stories of Civil War soldiers and civilians to the legacies of courageous women and men who organized the Civil Rights Movement (Moore & Neal, 2016).  This particular theme was selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History to bring attention to the centennial celebration for the National Park Service and the Underground Railroad to Freedom which are a part of America’s hallowed grounds.


Listed below are links to fun and informative extras on Black History Month.  Keep a look out in the Pilots study lab and around campus for cultural events and fun celebrations to take advantage of during this exciting month of the year!

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