The month of February brings to mind Valentine’s Day, the potential for leap year and, especially here on campus, Black History Month.
This month is important for those of African American heritage as well as those from other backgrounds. It is a time when we can all learn about the struggle of African Americans throughout history, and how far we have come today. Each year, Rider puts together a month full of different cultural events for students to experience on both campuses.
Black History Month kicked off on Feb. 1 with a musical celebration in the Bart Luedeke Center (BLC) — a fun and interactive way to start the festivities. Following that, historical movies were shown and various informative discussions were held. Also, a History of Hip-Hop presentation from the Student Entertainment Council (SEC) was held Wednesday, Feb. 8, as well as a Tuskegee Airmen workshop on Feb. 9, in which students were given the opportunity to meet World War II veterans and hear their stories firsthand. The Black Student Union also sponsored a fun game of Black History Jeopardy on Monday, Feb. 13.
Throughout the month, there will be many more events, such as diverse presentations, music-filled celebrations and the MLK Day of Service, since there were no classes on the actual Martin Luther King Day.
Having these events available for students to attend is a great learning opportunity. It is vital to know where we came from, to see where we are now and envision how we will continue to grow in the future, as a society and a community here at Rider.
This weekly editorial expresses the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Kristy Grinere.