Tuesday 17th October 2017,
The Transcript

Black history events offer insight, education

By Caleb Dorfman
Transcript Reporter

Students continue to celebrate Black History Month with events put on by various African-American groups on campus.

The first event was the Feb. 3rd screening of the film “Black in America 2,” a CNN documentary that discusses African-American culture.

Sophomre Dennique Corbett, vice president of public relations for the Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), said the students who saw the film enjoyed it.

“The stories presented by the movie were very interesting and informative,” she said.

Junior Avery Winston said he thought the film offered insight on issues African Americans struggle and cope with on a daily basis, including “medical disparities…,problems in the criminal justice system, income disparities and issues with higher education.”

Some members of the campus community, however, believe OWU students could learn more about the topic.

“I don’t think the people on this campus know enough about the struggles of African Americans,” said sophomore Aaron Cameron, treasurer of BMF. “Most people only know the more famous civil rights activist and not enough about the others who helped contribute to America’s progress and success.”

Sophomore Luke Waters, vice president of Black Men of the Future (BMF), said he thinks everyone on campus should be more committed to understanding black history.

Waters suggested students take Black World Studies classes and join groups like SUBA, BMF and Sisters United to learn more.

“One of the most important aspects of Black History Month is not only learning about past struggles of African-Americans, but also the triumphs and success of past and current African-Americans,” he said.

Schedule of Black History Month events 

Week of Feb. 10
Cupcake sales for Valentine’s Day (will be delivered on the 13th)

 

Feb. 13
Black Sexuality in America Discussion
Corns 312, 6:30 p.m.

 

Feb. 17
Discussion with professor Michael Flamm in Benes Room A, 6:30 p.m.

 

Feb. 21
Soul Food Dinner with African American poetry reading in the Benes Rooms, time TBA

 

Feb. 28
Motown Karaoke in Milligan Hub, 7-9 p.m.

 

March 1
Finale Dance Party, location and time TBA

 

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About The Author

Noah Manskar is a senior double-majoring in journalism and pre-law studies with minors in women's and gender studies and English. He's the moderator of the House of Peace and Justice, historian for Sisters United, a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and a member of the Owtsiders, OWU's co-ed a cappella group. He's also an avid skateboarder.

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