Georgia Southern kicks off Black History Month

Ashley Watts, Multi Media Journalist

As we enter the month of February, celebrations of black culture take place all around america. In 1976 President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month.  The Office of Multicultural Affairs kicked off Black History Month in their own special way, a kickoff event.

 February was chosen as Black History Month to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick douglas… but the Office of Multicultural Affairs refers to February as Black Heritage Month. They believe that it is not only important to remember black history, but also to celebrate black culture. 

Celebrating with food, games, trivia, and an open mic segment, students of all cultures had an opportunity to come together to celebrate black heritage. The OMA has a number of events planned throughout the month of February to help students find ways to learn about, and honor, black heritage. The theme for Black Heritage Month this year is Black Health & Wellness. The OMA has organized a Black Health Fair so students can learn more. The OMA is a resource for students of all cultures, and there are multiple cultural heritage month celebrations throughout the year.