CVB celebrates Black History Month with trolley tour

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In celebration of Black History Month, Mississippi State University's Holmes Cultural Diversity Center coordinated a variety of events for students to respect, reflect and educate themselves on the history of African-Americans.

Jones said he encourages others to expand their narrative of blacks in American history. Community members and alumni are invited to participate along with PHCC students and employees.

The kick-off event featured a guest speaker, traditional African-American cuisine, musical performances and even a fashion show, but aside from the entertainment aspect of the event, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Castillo, 110th Avn.

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"All of my original instructors in ROTC were Tuskegee Airmen and they are the folks who raised me in the Air Force", he said.

The Black Affairs Council is hosting two lunches with African American graduate students on February 7 and February 20. "We acknowledge that this was not the outcome that was anticipated, and we apologize if the activity offended anyone", he said.

"I was raised to understand that every day is black history month", Nas starts the video, as images including photos of Herbie Hancock, Ella Fitzgerald and Charlie Parker float across the screen. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, more than two-thirds of the public - black and white - say it would be better to integrate African-American history into the curriculum all year long. This is not to undermine black people or their mission in improving race relations, but to raise the question of where do other minorities stand in this debate.

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Woodson, the founder of the movement, said the intent should be not to view black history as something separate but as an influential part of the universal picture. Martin Luther King Jr. was introduced as a man who helped many people see that our differences are what makes us special. "A durag does not define what Black history is about ... a durag is often looked at as gang-related".

"I suppose what Black History Month means to me, it's in memory of all the suffering and oppression that black people have endured in America in the past few centuries".

There are countless African Americans who have made their marks on history and it seems to me that their work has been brushed to the side, only to be dug up during one month of the year.

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To solidify the importance of African-Americans in American society, his organization chose the second week of February, which included the birthdays of abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, to celebrate "Negro History Week". "I know about Rosa Parks, George Washington Carver, Fannie Lou Hamer, Madam C.J. Walker, Dorothy Height", Devonish said in a Facebook message.

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