Campus celebrates black history
Posted Feb. 22, 2008

It all began in the year 1926, when a historian named Carter G. Woodson realized that black history was not properly acknowledged in American history. It was then that he decided to dedicate an entire week in February known as Negro History Week, to appreciate black history.

Negro History Week was established to bring national awareness of the contributions and efforts of great black people in American history.

Other weeks began to be part of Negro History Week for many influential black Ameri­cans who had imperative actions and endeavors that gave February its title of black history month.

Bringing diversity and awareness to the University of La Verne, the African American Student Alliance sponsored its annual Blackout Week as a part of the Black History Month celebration.

Black history is celebrated throughout the nation but ULV students take a strong stance in helping to create a memorable week.

Blackout Week, dedicated to celebrating black history was a week of events aimed at bringing unity and awareness to the La Verne community.

“AASA was trying to achieve awareness of black history and all the different aspects of it,” Dionna Houston, a junior radio broadcasting major said.

Despite the fact that black history is only truly recognized in the month of February, AASA decided to have a week so that ULV students, faculty and the community can truly devote their time and efforts to this celebration.

“I had a good experience getting the word out there,” Houston said. “To see people who were not black celebrate these events and bringing unity amongst my peers was a great feeling.”

Blackout Week will become a tradition at ULV for these series of events have great importance.

The week consisted of a financing workshop, gender role discussion, black charades, a backyard barbeque, black music past and present and a Southern feast.

“The events had a very nice turnout. It was better than what we
expected,” Madaiko Miller, a junior biology major, said.

Toya Johnson, president of AASA, enjoyed her time preparing for these events.

Johnson felt that the events were successful and received a lot of feedback from many ULV students, faculty and staff.

“I want to thank everyone who cared and showed support for these events,” Johnson said. “For those who were not able to attend Blackout Week, next year ULV should expect bigger and better events.”

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