Students celebrate Black History

Sheena Curtis, 21, junior of Alliance, writes on a paper hand during the Black History Night in the Edna lobby Friday, February 11. — Photo by Vera Ulitina

Sheena Curtis, 21, junior of Alliance, writes on a paper hand during the Black History Night in the Edna lobby Friday, February 11. — Photo by Vera Ulitina

RLA sponsored “Black History Night” 8 p.m. to midnight Friday in the Edna Lobby. Brooks Resident Adviser Stacee Wright and Edna RA Brandé Kirby coordinated and ran the event.

Thirty-nine students signed in for the event, while about a dozen people stayed for the whole event.

“We had a better turn out than I expected,” Kirby said.

Participants ate traditional Southern food, watched “Remember the Titans,” and made handprint wreaths, which are a Kwanzaa tradition. Wright and Kirby had taped quotes by prominent African-Americans, such as Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr., around the Edna Lobby.

There was a drawing for prizes that were invented by African-Americans, such as peanut butter, which was made by George Washington Carver.

Black History Month, which is February, has been celebrated since 1926 when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard historian, started a week of commemoration for black history. He chose a week in February because it included Frederick Douglas’ and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays.

During the United State’s bicentennial in 1976, the week of celebration was extended to a month.

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