Published 02/12/18

Black History Month events offer opportunities to enrich understanding

The University’s celebration of Black History Month, featuring events sponsored by the Bryant Intercultural Center throughout February, offers students an opportunity to enrich their understanding of African-American history and culture.

"We want people who don’t have a great understanding of the historical context of Black History Month to engage in these discussions of diversity," says Kevin Martins, Assistant Director for the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Diversity and Inclusion and coordinator of the Intercultural Center.

"Bryant is a good place, and it's a place that's growing in terms of diversity and what we're doing to celebrate diversity."

The Intercultural Center supports and advocates for students and groups by providing culturally enriching programs and educational workshops that focus on culture, ethnicity, and social justice. It's part of the University's commitment to inspire a campus culture that celebrates diversity and embraces diverse perspectives. 

Kevin Martins, director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion  “Bryant is a good place, and it's a place that's growing in terms of diversity and what we're doing to celebrate diversity," says Mohamed Kebbay ’18. "And I think it can keep growing. Events like Black History Month show that we understand some of the things" that international and multicultural students experience, he said. Yet both Kebbay and Martins agreed more could be done.

The highlight of Bryant's Black History Month celebration is Martin Luther King Week beginning Feb. 12. This week’s highlights include the MLK Legacy Dinner with keynote speaker Marissa Alexander, a social justice advocate. This year’s dinner honors King on the 50th anniversary of his death.

There will also be a Black History Mobile Museum in the Rotunda on Feb. 16. The exhibition titled "1968," features more than 150 original artifacts that focus on the major events and personalities surrounding King’s assassination.

Events in early February included a question-and-answer session with student-entrepreneur Samuel Omowale Aduaui ’18, book discussions, and movie screenings. The month culminates with the Multicultural Student Union's Extravaganza, a showcase of black culture, fashion and music.