To commemorate Black History month students gathered at the Rock to show support on Feb. 28.
About 30 students braved the freezing temperatures to join in on the fun of painting the historical Rock.
Along the Rock they wrote the words “Stand beside or step aside” in black and red.
“I came up with this because we either unite as a culture or step aside and let us lead because we aren’t going to stop,” said Toya Johnson-Moore, a junior criminology major.
Put on by the Campus Activities Board and the African-American Student Alliance, activities booked up the month of February to remember prominent African-American figures.
One highlight was the “I Question America” play. This play discussed historical women figures that were involved in political movements and human rights.
Another favorite was movie night, which presented the movie “Panther.”
“I am always here to support,” said Melvin Ward, a senior theater arts major. “I was at the BBQ, movie night—which was more revolutionary because we watched ‘Panther,’ which is a reminder of where we came from.”
A moment that celebrated peace was the candle light vigil held in the middle of the month.
The last week in February was known as “Black Out Week.” Events were held throughout each day.
“This was a big success because the whole school participated,” said Ashley Joseph, president of AASA.
Each year, the events for Black History Month seem to get more popular. This shows that more and more students want to show support for their ancestors and appreciate where they are now.
Since September of 1997, AASA’s motto has been “Unity starts change,” and it has definitely made an impact this year.
Even though February is nationally known as Black History Month, many members of CAB and AASA strive for 365 days of support rather then 28.
“I want us all to be united and not forget all of these events to remember Black History month,” said Charde Shields, a junior psychology major.
Next year CAB and AASA hope that the success is even greater.
For more information on CAB and AASA events visit the Web site at www.ulv.edu/cab or clubs.ulv.edu/~aasa.
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