Multicultural Center helps celebrate Black History Month

Students reflect on accomplishments

By Rio Velasquez
On February 21, 2014

The Multicultural Center will host this year's Black History Month Celebration, which will focus on the national theme "Civil Rights in America," on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The event, which is free to all ASU students and the community, will offer food, artwork and information about civil rights.

The event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the UC lobby.

The Multicultural Center will display current students' artwork and play videos throughout the event.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about monumental civil rights events that have shaped African-American history and culture.

"We have to appreciate every race that is a part of the United States," freshman Christian Garcia said. "We are a very diverse country. The student body needs to really recognize historical events. Every race has a voice and they need to see that."

Many ASU students view Black History Month as an important time to reflect on the accomplishments and struggles throughout history.

"It's important because African-Americans are one of the minority races here," junior Raeven Sharp said. "It's important for other students to learn about our culture, our past and how we got here."

This will be the second cultural event the Multicultural Center has had this spring semester, and the seventh event for the academic year.

The Multicultural Center goes off a national calendar when deciding which culture to showcase.

They have celebrated events such as Native-American History, Disability Awareness and LGBT Pride.

"I think it's important to educate people and let people experience different cultures," sophomore Zachary Miranda said.

"Cultural events actually give students a slight insight or perspective of what cultures are like," Multicultural Center program specialist Robert Garcia said. "Not everyone is the same.

Cultural events allow students to gain more of an understanding of why certain cultures, ethnicities or races portray themselves the way they do."

Even though the event revolves around Black History Month, the Multicultural Center wants to address that different minorities also face issues with civil rights.

"I think the main point is that it is not just civil rights pertaining to race, ethnicity or even just black history," Garcia said. "It goes beyond that. There are still issues today in which we are still traveling that path to gain civil rights, such as the LGBT community, female equality, and those with different citizenship status."

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