The annual observance of Black History Month pays tribute to generations of African Americans and the significant roles they have played in shaping our history and society.
Strung from wall to wall in Lower Callahan, posters present milestones accomplished by African Americans throughout history.
Molly Buckley and Brianne McGann from Student Activities aid in program planning, such as the info posters, among other events coordinated to bring recognition to Black History Month.
“I feel that it is important to celebrate Black History Month because black history is American history,” Buckley said about the value of acknowledging African American achievements. “Too often the contributions of black businesses, artists, inventors, etc. have been overlooked, and this month is a way to spotlight the many ways that black people have shaped this country.”
Buckley and McGann also helped organize a screening of “Straight Outta Compton”, a biographical drama about rap group N.W.A highlighting racial stereotyping and police brutality faced by black people in Southern California.
“ALANA (African, Latin, Asian, Native American Intercultural Club) has been and will continue to host movie nights featuring movies with predominantly black casts and crews every Monday at 8 PM in Lower Callahan,” said Janessa Gonzalez, the advisor for ALANA.
“In addition to a Jazz Night on Saturday, February 29th, I am also working with ALANA to host a Black History Month trivia night at Gully's on February 18th. We hope to see lots of people there,” Buckly said.
2020 marks the centennial passing of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote in 1870, following the Civil War. The decades of injustice and discrimination don’t go unnoticed. There are invaluable stories and lives that have shaped the state of our nation with historical importance that Endicott has prioritized telling.