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VSU celebrates Black History Month with true commitment

VSU kicked off Black History week the right way with activities such as a Unity Cookout, Catwalk Fashion Show, and a Meet in Greet, all with the common purpose of celebrating the past and embracing the future of Black History.

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926. It was first referred to as “Negro History week” and later Black History Week.

We have Dr. Carter G. Woodson to thank for the celebration and study of black history.

While Dr. Carter studied at Harvard University, he was shocked to see that the black American population had been ignored in the history books.

Later, in 1916, he founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History and in 1926 he launched Negro History Week in hopes to bring attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

Black Americans certainly have contributed with movies and books dedicated to black
history.

Organizations and establishments have been created in honor of black history and the people who contributed to it.

We march and conduct parades in honor of our civil rights activists.

Our black history has finally made it into the books and received more coverage than many of us expected.

Now, Black Americans and their contributions are frequently recognized.

Black Americans now have organizations and establishments that document and support their efforts in society as well as establish a since of community within the black race and community.

Black Americans have the benefits of historically black colleges, the United Negro College Fund, NAACP and much more.

VSU senior Brian Teller felt that VSU has definitely done their part in Black History coverage.

“I can honestly say we do have enough coverage,” he said. “Even here on campus, Black History is extremely covered throughout this week.”

Hopefully, VSU will continue to provide insightful coverage on Black History events.

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