By Sol Ayala and Diana Leyva
February is Black History Month and Trevecca students have planned several events to encourage awareness and education.
Many of the events will be hosted by student clubs including: Walden, Diversity Council, the Social Justice Club, History Club, the Pre-Law Society and SGA. The organizations and clubs are coming together to sponsor this year’s theme “Black Health and Wellness.”
Selah Torralba, president of the Diversity Council, said the country would not be what it is without the contributions of the Black community.
“I want the Black community to feel taken care of and invested in,” she said.
The history club and pre-law society celebrated Black History Month with a movie night on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Quick lecture hall of Waggoner Library with a screening of “Just Mercy” as well as theater-style refreshments; pizza, soda and popcorn.
“I think this movie is a great opportunity for people to learn about something that they may not know about. I hope that people can see that the racial inequalities that occurred in the 1980s are still present today and that changes still need to happen,” said Chloe Lahmon, co-president of the history club.
To kick off Black History Month Walden planned on Feb. 18 a Worship Night, in the Jackson building’s Zelma Auditorium. Invitations to students from Belmont, Tennessee State University and Lipscomb were sent to participate in the event.
“Students of Walden were trying to get [the other schools] so we could have some type of interaction and diversity on both the showcase and the worship night,” said Iris Gordon, adjunct faculty for the Center for Social Justice.
Another movie night is being planned for Feb. 23. The movie has not yet been selected due to copyright protocols. The event is being organized by Walden and the social justice club. After the movie, a panel discussion is planned with two groups in Greathouse 101. Snacks will be provided.
On Feb. 26. Walden and SGA will be hosting a talent showcase. The showcase will be an opportunity for Black students to show their creativity through dance, poetry, and other art forms. Students from Belmont and Lipscomb will be coming to campus to present their talents.
For more information on how to be part of the showcase contact Maci Weeks, SGA social life director, via email at MLWeeks@trevecca.edu.
“The goal is to celebrate and honor the black community on campus,” Torralba said. “There are so many ways to honor the black community.”
To finalize the month, More events and information regarding Black History Month will be later announced by SGA and Walden.