Black Student Union celebrates Black History Month

Alison Overcash, Reporter

Park University’s Black Student Union is hosting an event every week in February for Black History Month.

Black Student Union is a club focused on celebrating and informing people about black culture.

“Throughout history, there were many times in which a group of people couldn’t openly celebrate their culture and history and be openly proud of it,” said Terriane Smith, president of BSU. “With these events, BSU is able to share the African-American culture/experience as well as have fun!”

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, BSU hosted a game night with the theme of Black Jeopardy.

BSU partnered with Spectrum on Wednesday, Feb. 12 for a discussion about HIV/AIDS. This discussion was led by a speaker who has HIV and aimed to promote a healthy discussion about issues that bridge the black and LGBTQ+ communities.

BSU also hosted an event called “Trap n’ Paint” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Copley Quad Conference Room.

BSU will partner with Norrington and the Sociology/Psychology club to conclude Black History Month. They will host a movie night on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm in Alumni Hall. The film “Higher Learning” will be shown, followed by a discussion about issues in the film.

Hailey Rawhouser, secretary of BSU, said that she hopes these events will educate students about the struggles and accomplishments of black people throughout history.

“It is important to observe Black History Month because a lot of times the accomplishments of black people are looked over and ignored within society, and Black History Month forces people to recognize these accomplishments while allowing black people to feel empowered,” she said.

BSU meets every week on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Copley Quad Conference Room. Their next meeting will be in Alumni Hall for the movie night on Feb. 25 instead of a regular meeting.