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What are students doing to celebrate Black History Month?

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Celebrations are held throughout February in honor of Black History Month which began in 1926 as a week dedicated to remembering black history. 

Black History Month is an annual month-long holiday which recognizes the cultural heritage, achievements, and hardships of the African American community There are many traditions African American families participate in during this month of celebration. Some popular ways to celebrate include supporting Black businesses, cooking and hosting heritage themed meals and spending quality time with family. 

When asked how she celebrates Black History Month, Brooklynn Farley said, “For Black History month the most important thing that me and my family does is get together and have dinner at least once in the month of February and just celebrate our heritage and the successes of our family.”

Celebrating doesn't always have to be a big party, but rather just acknowledging the achievements people have made. 

Janae Lyndon states,“I don't celebrate it, I just experience the culture around me and different things and take in that and see what everybody else is doing”

“It's not anything in particular that I do, it's just really a recognition of all the accomplishments we have made as black people” said Kamari Willis, Junior. 

When asked if Kamari and her family partake in any traditions during Black History Month she stated, “Growing up, my mom would always make us do Black History book reports so as kids we know the importance of everything and how innovative and influential black people have been.”

Here at Oklahoma State, the Office of Multicultural affairs has celebrated by having a speaker series. These speaker sessions are shown live on OState TV and included guest speakers, Professor Quraysh Ali Lansa, Andrew R. Belton, Ph.D., and Erica Townsend-Bell, Ph.D. Professor Belton and Professor Townsend-Bell are two of our very own professors here at OSU. 

Some sessions and events have been rescheduled to take place in March due to the ice storm of last week and various technical difficulties.