This February marks the 40th nationally recognized Black History Month. In 1976, President Gerald Ford announced, Americans should, “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
Union College will be taking full advantage of February to promote black culture and history. The college has nine major events planned. These events range from musical performances to documentary film.
The first event was Taylor Time featuring Jacqueline Tyo and Friends who performed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop: Songs and Stories.”
The week of February 4 to February 11, there will be 3 events, according to Union’s website.
On February 6, Black Student Union will be holding an opening reception in Breazzano House from three to four.
On February 10, there will be a screening of “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.” After the showing of the documentary film at 5 PM in Reamer Auditorium, there will be a discussion led by Deidre Hill-Butler, director of the Africana Studies program.
The next day, February 11, a spoken word event entitled, “Colors of the Wind,” is being held in Breazzano House at 7:30 PM. The event is being hosted by Lambda Phi Chi and Women’s Union.
Events for this week and future ones are open to all members of the Union campus community.