UMHB celebrates Black History Month
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UMHB celebrates Black History Month

Diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and mixed races have been a true pride of the UMHB family. As February is Black History month, UMHB is finding unique and inclusive ways to celebrate the historical month. Black History Month is an annual celebration that occurs every February in honor of African-Ameri- cans and their past, present and future achievements. It has been 93 years since Black History Month was first recognized as a national holiday in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. When it first began, it was only a week-long celebration held on the second week of the month, coinciding with the week that Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery in 1865. Kicking off the month is an art exhibit held by UMHB’s art department. The “Black to the Future” art exhibit, curated by seniors Chriscina Lampkin and Danielle Demetria, features artwork created by African-American students majoring and minoring in art. The exhibit will be featured in Baugh Center for the Visual Arts on Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. Dani- elle Demetria East, a senior whose artwork will be displayed, is excited that UMHB is put- ting on this event to honor Black His- tory Month. “I have a sculpture in the show. It’s called ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, East said. “I went around UMHB and got different black women to write on these cement blocks about their perspective as a woman of color.” The English department is also participating in the month’s celebrations by hosting its third annual Black History Month Creative Writing Contest. Students can submit works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. A panel of writers will deliver their creative pieces in McLane Great Hall on Feb. 13 at 2:30 p.m. In addition to activities at UMHB this February, The Association of Black Students (ABS) attended the 31st Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference, which was held at Texas A&M in College Station from Jan. 17-19. The conference focused on empowerment and leadership. Jason Kontchou, a junior at Texas A&M and the Co-Executive Chair of the SBSLC, attends every year. “I got involved in SBSLC my freshman year,” Kontchou said. “It was supposed to just be something to put on my resume, something to do for fun. However, I quickly realized it was so much more than that. I felt like it gave me a purpose. “It made me feel at home with my school,” he added. “I fell in love after experiencing my first conference and ever since then I’ve just wanted to be more and more involved in the planning and process of the conference, so I applied and got onto the executive...

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