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Recap of Black History Month events on campus
February 26, 2018
Throughout the month of February, Nicholls State University and its organizations have made several efforts to celebrate African American history. The significance of Black History Month is portrayed through the numerous events that took place on campus this month. In celebration of African American culture, Nicholls provided some month-long features around campus.
For example, the Ellender Memorial Library displayed books and government documents relating to the theme of African Americans in times of war. In addition to the display in the library, Nicholls also highlighted our African American athletes with video spotlights during every basketball game over the course of February.
Also, Galliano Dining Hall provided African American themed cuisine on every Wednesday that the university was open. Nicholls State University emphasized the significance of this time with several on-campus events throughout the month.
Several organizations on campus took part in the celebrations throughout the month, as well. The Student Programming Association kicked things off with a screening of the film “Glory” in LeBijou Theatre.
This film tells the story of African Americans’ experience as civilians, slaves and soldiers in the Civil War. Contributing to the theme of African Americans in Times of War, the Student Government Association sponsored a bus tour to New Orleans to visit the National WWII Museum. The involvement of student organizations is a vital ingredient in the celebration of Black History Month.
Multiple opportunities for students to participate in the festivities of Black History Month took place throughout February. Relate Open-Mic and the Creative Writing/Reading Series hosted events for all student to express their thoughts on the significance of African American history, pride and culture.
The Nicholls department of music hosted “A Celebration of the Negro Spirituals,” which was a musical event featuring historical songs that were once sung by slaves and plantation workers. Nicholls also hosted several guest speakers over the course of the month to elaborate on their experiences with racial pride, as well as discrimination.
Speakers such as Dr. Thomas Durant, Jr., Dr. Stephen Michot and Kristine Russell, as well as many other community members, shared their empowering messages and perspectives.
Black History Month at Nicholls has been a compelling experience for everyone that took part in the festivities, regardless of their ethnicity. This month served as an opportunity for students to express themselves as well as an opportunity for students to be open-minded to new perspectives.