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BSA leads CMU’s celebration of Black History Month

Members of the Black Student Alliance:
Tanay Shaw, Sedric Grandberry, Ben Danielsen and Louange Mbala

Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson epitomized triumph over racial prejudices. The nation celebrates Black History Month each February by commemorating the history and accomplishments of the great men and women who contributed to racial equality. This February, Colorado Mesa University is taking part in this unique historical celebration of America’s past.

The Black Student Alliance (BSA), a student-led organization which aims to educate the campus community on African-American culture, has planned a plethora of activities throughout Black History Month. The club kicked off the month at the end of January when they hosted an event titled “Remembering the Dream”, a celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Participants watched Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and then listened to testimonials about it. BSA President Lou Mbala finished the evening with a screening of the movie “The Defiant Ones”, starring Sydney Portier and Tony Curtis.

The group has also planned a dance party and clothing drive later this month, which will benefit HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, a local homeless shelter. The group will celebrate the athletic contributions of black athletes by sponsoring a field day on Feb. 23 in Elm Quad, and will wrap up the month with a soul food kick-off on Feb. 28 from 3-5 pm in Bookcliff Café.

February might be best known for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, but some have overlooked its significance as Black History Month. Remember the men and women who sacrificed their freedom, families and friendships to rise above oppression and prejudice. We are privileged to live in an era they dreamed of seeing. •

By Daniel Sandoval

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