Every February the United States celebrates a plethora of events and holidays like Groundhog Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine's Day, and of course Singles Awareness Day on the 15th. But none of these events are not even close to being as important as recognizing the whole month for what it is: Black History Month.
That is right, February is National Black History Month, dedicated to the appreciation and honoring of the African-American community and their contribution to society through creation, progressiveness, leadership and so much more.
To celebrate this joyous month there are many activities to do and ways to celebrate. Here in Corvallis, there are three events that are not to be missed this Black History Month.
The first event is taking place Thursday, Feb. 2 at the LaSells Stewart Center from 6 - 7 p.m. This event will be a lecture featuring Dr. Ta-Nehisi Coates discussing the historical legacy of anti-black racism in America.
This lecture is meant to create an understanding the effect racial inequality has on the African-American community, and the United States as a whole.
The next event you won't want to miss is this Friday, Feb. 3 from 7 - 11 p.m. The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center will be hosting the “Soul Train Dance Party” in celebration of Black History Month. During these hours, anyone and everyone is welcome to come in and join the fun, for free! Go and dance like nobody's watching with members of the Black Student Union and more good company.
The final event is toward the end of the month long celebration, and is being held by the Corvallis National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The event will be a panel discussion called “Living the Black Experience Part II”. This panel will take place at Corvallis High School on Monday, Feb. 27, from 6 - 8 p.m.
“Living the Black Experience Part II” is a sequel to the NAACP event, “Living the Black Experience.” The first part in the sequel was a panel of local residents sharing their experiences of what it has been like living in Corvallis as a person of color.
This was a time when these members of our community had a chance to share some of the discrimination they have felt, with no comments or questions from the audience.
Part II of this series will be an open dialogue. People will have the chance to share ideas and feelings about race and equality on a local and national level.
These events allow the OSU and Corvallis community to celebrate and honor all that Black History Month stands for, with knowledge and optimism, key to future change.
So don’t miss out on these events this month. If you would like more details on any of these, you can follow the links to the Diversity and Cultural Engagement Calendar pages.
More info and articles will be coming out about the “Living the Black Experience Part II” event, so keep your eyes peeled!