Black Student Union hosts events in honor of Black History Month

Feb. 15, 2016

Kyle Guthrie
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The Black Student Union is hosting a series of events on campus to commemorate the month of February, Black History Month.

The goal of these events, according to BSU, is to display African-American culture as well as history.

The movie “Dope” will be shown on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Dwire Hall 121 and a “Blast from the Past” event will be held Feb. 22 at Berger Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A showing of “Selma” will be held on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in University Center 302.

Junior communication major Mykinthia Ebron, BSU president, explained how the club has improved.

“The Black Student Union has been around for several years on campus, but we have had some issues getting proper recognition over the last few years,” said Ebron.

“There have been some problems with organization and proper communication in the (club), but we have created a better foundation for BSU.”

Ebron said that the “Blast from the Past” event is the most exciting. Different sections of history will be outlined along will free food, trivia and a silent auction.

She also explained the significance of BSU hosting these events.

“I think since the BSU didn’t have much of a presence the last few years we were definitely pressured to get a lot of information going with Black History Month in order to help expand the diversity within the university,” said Ebron.

Ebron explained that the BSU is a very diverse club.

“The Black History Month events that we are putting on are not just to display black history itself, but culture as well, and how there are different aspects of culture throughout the world,” Ebron said.

Students can join the club regardless of race.

“Just because we are called the Black Student Union definitely does not mean that we only accept blacks,” Ebron said. “We are definitely a very diverse club, and I think that is something important to emphasize.”