Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Bronco on the Street: What does Black History Month mean to you?

Bronco on the Street: What does Black History Month mean to you?

According to first-year Jessica Booker, Black History Month is "a celebration of both black history and culture".

She said the exhibit starts with stories of escaped slaves and the Underground Railroad history in the area and makes its way right up to present day, highlighting the large Emancipation Day picnics that used to take place in Port Dalhousie, a worker strike downtown, and more.

Where does black history begin? "That whistle part of Eric B and Rakim's "My Melody" would bounce from building to building as cars and people jamming boomboxes out their windows pumped the tune in unison; and those radical harmonics lead you to the park where DJ Marley Marl would be spinning that same song (which was easy for him to do since Marley produced said cut and more in his apartment just up the block)".

This fact is especially understandable given that our nation was founded on the extermination of the native American population and the enslavement of African people. There is a reliance on force that goes beyond what is necessary to accomplish police duty.

The city of Knoxville has a webpage devoted to Black History month.

UWG student organizations such as Black Student Alliance (BSA), College girls Rock, Women of Diversity, Inc., Models and Business (MAB), Ambi girls, The Collective, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, and the African Student Association came together to create the Black Project council in October.

"A do-rag does not define what black history is about ... a do-rag is often looked at as gang-related", she added, noting many schools have banned it. Students from Archbishop Denis O'Connor told CBC Toronto that the school usually prohibits the wearing of do-rags and other headgear. "It's only been since 1976 that black history month was actually a holiday, and now it's celebrated across the whole country".

February 11, will feature a screening of a film which "chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color", according to the event's website. It's a time where people all around the US learn a little bit about black history and reflect on the good they have done in this nation. The Black History Month theme for 2018 is "African-Americans in Times of War", which illuminates the key roles African-Americans have played in USA armed conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the World Wars to the present day. Numerous individuals who taunted and harassed Bridges are still among us in this country. Let's not forget the history of the civil rights movement, but realize that we are living it.

"The idea was brought forward by the Black History committee as a way to promote Black History Month in combination with a dress-down day. We acknowledge that this was not the outcome that was anticipated, and we apologize if the activity offended anyone", he said.

"To me, I really just think it's equality".

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