After a successful fall semester for the Black Student Union at Colorado College, the group proved that they’re back with the same energy and drive as they prepare for Black History Month.
BSU sponsored a barbeque for students in Worner Campus Center on Monday, Feb. 2, as a high-energy, campus-wide event marking the beginning of Black History Month. BSU Secretary Jade Frost (’17) was pleased by the turnout and success of the barbeque.
“It’s good to see so many people interested in Black History Month,” said Frost. “We’re all super excited to see what other great turnouts we have with the CC community.”
BSU Co-Chair Nebeu Abraha (’18) was also thrilled to see such direct engagement with different students, specifically recalling an interaction with a residential adviser who wanted to include Black History Month as part of their hall programming.
On Wednesday, BSU brought CC alumnus Honorable Judge Raymond Dean Jones (’67) back on campus to speak about his personal experiences with the Selma marches in 1965. As a coinciding event, BSU has lined up sponsored bus rides for Saturday (Feb. 7) to a local theatre to help more students attend a screening of the film “Selma.”
BSU also installed an exhibition currently on display in Worner, hoping to create an art piece that would serve as a powerful reminder.
The installation portrays three different generations of the lack of value on black life in America: slavery, lynching, and mass incarceration.
BSU states that they have only received positive feedback about the piece and look forward to seeing it continue conversation.
“We often forget about certain things that happen despite their relevance or magnitude,” said Abraha. “I just want people to see it and ask questions. To talk and try to find solutions to their questions.”
Other events that are coming up include: “Where is the Love: #BlackLivesMatter” Panel and Discussion on Feb. 18; “Celebration of Black Lives” Dance Party on Feb. 21; “War on Drugs” Panel and Discussion on Feb. 25; and the “Night of Black Arts” on Feb. 28.
BSU invites all Colorado College students to stay engaged with the group after Black History Month and attend their weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Glass House.