AUBURN UNIVERSITY- The Auburn University Black Student Union’s 2017 celebration of Black History Month begins Feb. 8. BSU has a series of four events planned for the month, ending on the 28 of February.

On Feb. 8, Jane Elliot, recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, will take the stage as guest speaker for the first event of the month titled “Wake Up.” Elliot has been featured on a multitude of television shows. She is renowned in her diversity training and leadership and has addressed a variety of audiences. She will speak to Auburn University at 7 p.m. in the Foy Ballroom.

Following this event, on Feb. 13, during BSU’s general assembly meeting, there will be an open discussion regarding “Wake Up.” Students are encouraged to join in the discussion of Elliot’s lecture at 5 p.m. in the Student Center 2222/2223.

On Feb. 16, BSU will be hosting a “Jazz and Poetry Night” open to all students. It will be an accumulation of live band and student-performed open-microphone acts. The attire is “dress to impress” and refreshments will be served. The event will take place in The Hotel at Auburn University from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To close out Black History Month, on Feb. 28th, BSU is hosting a Soul Food Bazaar open to all students. Each participant will be served dinner and will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Southern comfort food. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Student Center ballroom.

Jeremy Kirk, BSU advisor, said that in the future BSU hopes to make people more aware and encourage more intentional conversations that leave an impression on students and administration, alike.

“[Black history month is] the stories that you don’t know, that you can grow to appreciate,” said Kirk. “Little known gems in American history. Black history is American history. These contributions are things that all Americans can be proud of, not just black people.”

Founded in 1994, Black Student Union is an organization that is meant to bring minority students, particularly African American students, a sense of comradery and solidarity by uniting people who may be going through the same struggles within the Auburn Community. Auburn University’s BSU is currently led by students and Jeremy Kirk, the organization’s advisor.

Auburn’s Black Student Union has weekly general assemblies for students to discuss and engage in topics and to get involved in event planning. For more information, follow BSU on Twitter (@BSU_Auburn), Facebook (Auburn University Black Student Union) and the BSU website at https://auburn.collegiatelink.net/organization/bsu.

Written by Grace Fabyan

Last modified: 02/22/2017