NU Student, Brandon Mason, stated, "Black History Month is a chance to celebrate my heritage, the achievements of African Americans and how far we’ve come as a whole."
February 8, 2013
CEDAR HILL, Texas - Black history month began in 1926 as a weeklong celebration initiated by an African American scholar, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson earned his PhD. from Harvard University. He documented that black history was not included in his studies and that African Americans were unfairly depicted as insufficient people. Dr. Carter G. Woodson used the weeklong celebration, which later turned into Black History Month, to shed light on all of the many contributions that African Americans have made in American history.
The month of February is very significant in the African American community, from Fredrick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, to civil rights movements, to the 15th amendment passing which made it legal for African Americans to vote. Black History Month is widely celebrated among African Americans.
“This is a time to embrace my heritage,” stated by Lakeida Burns, a junior management major. Brandon Mason a junior, entertainment sport & promotion management major, stated, ”Black History Month is a chance to celebrate my heritage, the achievements of African Americans and how far we’ve come as a whole.”
On February 6th, CAB (Campus Activities Board) hosted a movie night in observance of Black History Month. The movie of choice was Glory Road. A 2006 American sports film based on a true story depicting the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division, Basketball Championship, It was this game, where the head coach of Texas Western College led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.
Glory Road was a hit. The students were thrilled to watch this controversial movie while they gobbled delicious movie snacks such as popcorn, Dr. Pepper, and Oreos. The students really enjoyed the movie and look forward to other upcoming events this month.