By Riley Holcraft
Volunteer State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with events around campus throughout February.
Vol State offers events that range from leisure game-playing to informative lectures in honor of Black History. Students are encouraged to attend events to learn about important achievements of historical African-American figures.
On February 6, the CAB Café is hosting a Black History Bingo in the Wood Campus Center’s Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B. The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and is open to all.
The Diversity and Inclusion office is hosting a Soul Food Luncheon Feb.7, 12:45 p.m., in Wood Campus Center Mary Cole Nichols Dining Hall B.
“The Soul Food Luncheon is a celebration of the historical facts behind ‘Soul Food’. Come join us for delicious food, fellowship and entertainment,” the Office stated on Vol State’s website,
The History department will begin its World War I lecture series in Thigpen Library’s Rochelle Center Feb. 14, 1 p.m. The title of the lecture is “African Americans and the Great War” Grady Eades, history department chair, is the speaker.
The Great War it is often a part of American history that is overlooked, said Eades.
“We are currently in the centennial of the Great War (1914-1918). Thus, the History Department thought this would be a unique opportunity to focus on World War I and its impact. The first presentation is on African Americans and the war to line up with Black History month,” said Eades.
It is important for students to celebrate Black History Month because African-American history is part of American history, he said.
Kennedy Caruthers, student at Vol State, commented that she would be most interested in attending the history lecture event.
“Black history month is important to me, especially coming from a black family. We live in a country where we are so diverse, it is important to recognize our impact on the world,” said Caruthers.
The Diversity and Inclusion office is also hosting a read-in of pieces by African-American authors by students, faculty, and staff in the Great Hall of the Ramer Administration Building Feb. 19, 12:45 p.m.
This event is open to anyone who is interested. Students can contact the Diversity and Inclusion office at firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to read.
Student Danielle Sharp said she is most interested in attending the Black History Read-In.
“I am familiar with many African-American writers, such as Maya Angelou. This is a great way to honor many talented writers in history,” said Sharp.