Throughout the month of February, BRCC’s Office of Office of Student Life and Student Government Association will host a series of events in celebration of Black History Month. “A Legacy of Strength, A Future of Hope!” is the theme.
Festivities will kick off Feb. 8 at the Acadian site, with a poetry reading in student activities center, from 11 a.m. to noon. Following the poetry reading, an African Heritage Festival will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on the Mid-City campus in the Bienvenue Welcome Center student center. The purpose of the event is to bring about enthusiasm among students regarding the history of African-American culture through food, entertainment, art and fashion. There will also be vendors and t-shirt giveaways.
Continuing the festivities, BRCC faculty will participate as panelists for a Black History panel discussion on education, to be held at noon on Feb. 15 in the Louisiana board room on the Mid-City campus. The faculty panel will discuss the future of black education. The event is intended to educate students about the crisis in current education, as faculty share personal tools used to succeed in their own educational pursuits. Participating faculty members will be announced in the coming days.
The month-long fete will close with a Black History Celebration on Feb. 21 on the Mid-City campus in the Magnolia Theater at 6 p.m. The event is intended to be an educational experience, where culture is celebrated and history is appreciated, in efforts to guide students to a more pertinent and relevant understanding of themselves and others. It will feature student performances, and a keynote address given by Dr. Steve Perry.
Known for his work as former principal of what U.S. News and World Report has cited as one of the top schools in the country, Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Steve Perry has become a national icon in education revolution. It is his belief that in order to best educate a child, you must treat them and their family as your family. He exemplifies this practice throughout his work in schools and with school communities throughout the country. He has been featured on CNN's Black in America series, and has been an education contributor for CNN and MSNBC, an Essence Magazine columnist, and host of TVONE’s "Save My Son."
The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be "Negro History Week." The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the leaders of the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970.
The mission of the Office of Office of Student Life, or Office of Student Life, is to enrich student engagement by offering diverse and innovative services and programs which promote retention, foster leadership, and provide the skills and opportunities for members of the campus community to become better students, leaders, and citizens.