Unity Week commemorates Black History Month

By Erin Holloway

At 11:30 a.m., Monday Feb. 4, local artist, Omari Booker will be displaying his art exhibit “The Red Line” in the Mary Cole Nichols Dining Room B.

This event will mark the start of Unity Week, which is a celebration of Black History Month.

Booker uses his art to talk about racial inequality and divide in this country.

“Most people think white and black when diversity is brought up, but I think of everyone. It’s bigger than just white and black,” said Jeff King, manager of Volunteer State Community College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

“He uses red barbed wire in his art as a symbol of what divides everyone in our country” said King.

At 11:30 a.m., Tuesday Feb. 5, “Brother Outsider,” a documentary about civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, will be shown.

Rustin who was openly gay and organized the March on Washington in 1963, where Martin Luth er King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

At 11:30 a.m., Wednesday Feb. 7, professor Sherri Hill of will be one of three presenters for “Let’s Talk About Our Faith – An Open Discussion.”

This event is to get everyone to openly and respectfully discuss their respective faiths, beliefs, and values.

At 12 p.m., Thursday Feb. 7, the Soul Food Potluck will end Unity Week.

Students and faculty can come together and enjoy soul food and dessert along with a brief Black History presentation from Mrs. Mary Malone and Mrs. Patty Powell, followed by Mrs. Powell leading the audience with a verse of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Friday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Safe Zone Training held in the Rochelle Center (RSVP required).

This training session is an opportunity to better understand the lifestyles, hardships, identities, gender, and sexualities of the LGBTQ+ community.