Celebrating a Unique Black History Month at South

By: Dustin Petridge | Lifestyle Editor

Photo courtesy of Shenandoah University.

Every February, the United States celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black Americans since the nation’s beginning. The University of South Alabama is no exception, setting forward a list of activities and events to celebrate Black excellence and to remember the significance of the many advances in racial relations made over the years. 

While the pandemic createdmost events, exclusively online, this hasn’t stopped the momentum of the planned sessions hosted by organizations on campus, many of which are based on Black History Month. 

Jamoria Valrie, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, said “especially during this critical time, it’s important for us to come together and honor the rich accomplishments made by Black Americans in our country and honor the ancestors.”

Kicking off the year, USA honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday and hosted an event featuring Brandon Fleming, an educational speaker, in partnership with USA Health to commemorate his many societal contributions. On Feb. 2, Fleming gave a speech along with the 100 Black Men of Mobile, representing the Debate Council Diversity Project at Harvard University.

On Feb. 7, the Black Student Union hosted an executive board meeting with members, followed by a general body meeting on Tuesday of the following week, both on Zoom. The Black Student Union is an integral part of Black History Month at South. The organization works directly with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, especially in February of each year. 

On Feb. 10, Trey Johnson, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs coordinator, will host a seminar called “Money Matters: Securing Your Financial Future” at 3:00 p.m. The panel, led by financial experts, will discuss the basics of financial literacy, budgeting, saving, and investing. 

History majors might be interested in a speech by Mr. Robert Battles about The Clotilda, the last American slave ship discovered in Mobile Bay in 2019. The significance of this ship will be discussed on Wed., Feb. 24 at 3:00 p.m. and will serve as the last event for Black History Month at South. 

As the University of South Alabama celebrates Black History Month, more events will be hosted and published by the Daily Digest List. For more information on how to participate in events held by the Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, visit their website.