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Celebrating African American History and Culture during Black History Month

Last Modified 3:58 PM on Mon Feb 18, 2013

February 18, 2013—

The Black Student Association (BSA) is celebrating African American culture with Black History Month programming. Three events focus on a central theme, “Embracing the Change? The New Face of Activism.”

The month kicked off with a presentation by guest lecturer Stefanie Brown James. She is founder of Brown Girls Lead, a program designed to bolster the leadership skills of young black women. James, who also recently served as the national African American vote director for the Obama for America Campaign, spoke on Feb. 14, delivering a call-to-arms about the importance of continuing the fight for freedom and justice.

“There are some people who think racism is over—that it’s no longer an issue,” said Bill Price, BSA vice president. “That is only partly true. We’re at a different time in our nation’s history now, but with a lot of the same issues.” The month’s events aim to address these issues and teach attendees about the ways activism has changed in the twenty-first century.

Two more Black History Month events and a month-long exhibit are planned:

“We put on a good show regardless of race,” said Price. “I think seeing a different perspective is always healthy. There are always some possible challenges when putting events like these on, but we try to make it as educational and entertaining as we can.”

All events are free and open to the public.

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