By Jewell Porter
The Freshman Foundation of the Black Student Union hosted several events last week to celebrate Black History Month. This week, entitled Black Love Week, was organized and spearheaded by Ruth Orevba ’17, Nordia Bennett ’17, Kareha Agesa ’17 and Hollie Davis ‘17. On Monday, they had a movie night in Slayter Union where they showed “Waiting for Superman;” on Tuesday, they tabled for HIV/AIDS awareness in Slayter; on Wednesday, they hosted an Identity Art show at Bryant Arts Center; on Thursday, there was a diversity forum with Dr. Weinberg; Saturday, they hosted an open mic night at the Bandersnatch; and on Saturday, they made sandwiches for the homeless.
Nordia Bennett ’17 from Trenton, New Jersey, said, “Black Love Week revolves around the African American community [and] encourages black self-love, increasing peace, and racial healing.”
During the diversity forum, Dr. Weinberg said that Denison is doing well in multiple aspects of diversity.
He said that the amount of diverse students at Denison has increased and he is “impressed and inspired by the large amount of administrators and teachers who care about diversity issues.”
However, he said students have room to improve and that in order to achieve these changes, it is necessary for students to “respectfully listen to the opinions of others,” and also organize themselves in such a way that allows for these changes. He argued that, “this will be a defining issue for [students’] generation.”
Black Love Week is an annual event that is always hosted by the Freshman Foundation during Black History Month.
This Saturday, the Black Student Union will be hosting another event, entitled Black Rhythms in the Roost at 7 pm.