Black history to be celebrated all year
By Chloe Gregg
The LCC Board of Trustees, at its Feb. 15 meeting, unanimously approved a resolution that adopts Black History Awareness 365 days a year instead of just during February.
“The most important part of this resolution to me is the recognition that Black history is Black history year, every year, every day,” Board Chair Ryan Buck said. “It’s not just a month that we celebrate and put on a shelf and forget about for 11 months.”
With this resolution, LCC has adopted the 2021 theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.”
During its 365 days of Black History Awareness, LCC officials will celebrate contributions of women of color, hold an MLK Day of Service, host a multicultural achievement ceremony and hold induction ceremonies for students of color. There will be podcasts, campus-wide book discussions, lecture and film series, and Soul Food Fridays.
LCC also hosts “Courageous Conversations with Tonya Bailey,” Cultural Awareness Week, the Black Business and Entrepreneur Expo, and a Black History 101 Museum throughout the year.
Trustee Samantha Vaive said she supports the year-long celebration.
“The Board of Trustees of Lansing Community College stand in solidarity with the African American community and wants our African American students, faculty and staff to know that you are important, the board sees you, the board supports you and the board cares deeply about your success,” Vaive said.
February is the birth-month of two important men who greatly impacted African American lives, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an accomplished African American historian, chose to establish Black History Week in February of 1926 because of the important men’s birthdays.
In 1976, Black History Week was turned into Black History Month, incorporating all 28 days of February to celebrate.