All photos and quotes courtesy of Mansour Alsalmi and Patricia Ressell-Deras.
It is imperative that we all give thanks and praise to those who paved the way for us to have the opportunities we have. It is especially important now more than ever that we embrace, cherish, and honor brave African American heroes while we still fight for equality today. Black History Month is just one month to highlight and feel proud, but truthfully I feel proud to be a black every day!”
– Dante Phillips, grad student
Walking in the excellence of African Americans that paved the way for us.”
– Shawn D Ajavon, senior, Alpha Phi Alpha.
These students gather to play a game of dominoes.
I love Black History Month because it makes me feel powerful, celebrating provides an opportunity to highlight the best of black history and the culture.”
– Bisola Adeniyi
Students of Caribbean Ancestry
We celebrate Black History Month because it celebrates our culture and skin color whether we were born in Africa or born in America, we become a more synchorizated people. Futhermore, the hardships faced by black people are acknowledged thus, allowing us to proudly praise our evolution as a people.”
-Kimani Lawson, Financial Sectritary of AKA
Black History Month is a way to celebrate the unity of not only the black community, but its history and importance in the US.”
-Yohander Guzman, freshman (pictured left).
Mama said to always express myself.”
-Juan Estrella, freshman (pictured second from left).
We spend so much time learning about the history of the white man, black history month brings awareness to another side of American history often overlooked.”
-Sebastian Villicana, freshman (pictured second from right)