From documentaries to comedians to famous speakers, February will be packed full of Black History Month events at CSU.
According to Joy Anderson, president of the Black Student Alliance, the Black/African American Cultural Center brought several student organizations together to plan out events and prepare the calendar for Black History Month.
â€œI think itâ€™s important to celebrate black history and diversity always,â€ Anderson said, â€œbut I think Black History Month gives us time to recognize how far weâ€™ve come and how far we still have to go.â€
According to Danielle McConnell, president of Black Definition, the Black History Month kickoff will take place on Feb. 1 in the Lory Student Center Commons at noon with Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat in attendance.
â€œIâ€™m excited for people to come and explore history this month,â€ McConnell said. â€œWe always have a few really exciting speakers.â€
One of those speakers this year will be Daryl Davis, on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in the LSC.
â€œHe (Davis) is known for converting members of white supremacist groups,â€ McConnell said.
Ilyasah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcom X, will also be speaking on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the LSCâ€™s North Ballroom.
United Men of Color is sponsoring a viewing and discussion of the documentary â€œWhy We Laughâ€ on Feb. 16 at 4 p.m. in the LSC, room 204.
â€œIt pretty much talks about the history of black comedy in America,â€ said Edward Harlan, president of United Men of Color at CSU.
According to Anderson, the Black Student Alliance is putting on â€œA Night in Harlemâ€ on the last day of Black History Month, which will feature casino games, jazz, prizes and raffles, as well as educational posters. It will take place in the Cherokee Park Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28.
â€œWe wanted to end it with something fun,â€ Anderson said. â€œBlack History Month is a really exciting time for CSU.â€
McConnell said it is important to celebrate Black History Month in the CSU community.
â€œItâ€™s an opportunity for people to learn and experience people and events they wouldnâ€™t normally be around,â€ McConnell said. â€œBlack History Month is that door for people to get a better understanding and be more aware.â€
For more information and the full calendar of events, students are encouraged to visit the Black/African American Cultural Center in LSC, room 204, or go online at baacc.colostate.edu.
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Attend Black History Month events at CSU:
Feb. 1 – Black History Month Kickoff – 12 p.m. – Lory Student Center Commons
Feb. 9 – Daryl Davis on his Extraordinary Journey Into the Heart of the Institutions of the Ku Klux Klan – 7 p.m. – LSC, Cherokee Park Ballroom
Feb. 10 – Social Issues Comedian Tracey Ashley – 5 p.m. – LSC, Ramskeller
Feb. 23 – Malcom X’s Daughter: Ilyasah Shabazz – 7 p.m. – LSC, North Ballroom
Feb. 28 – A Night in Harlem: Games, Magic, Music & Light Refreshments – 7 p.m. – LSC, Cherokee Park Ballroom