Black History Month is, for us, a time to reinforce BLSA's presence at NUSL and to educate the entire NUSL community about Black historical events.
Each year during the month of February, the halls of NUSL are filled with reminders of the struggle that has defined the plight of Black people in
this country. By hosting a number of varying events, contests and programs, the Kemet Chapter actively promotes awareness during Black History Month.
The Kemet Chapter proclaims the importance of Black History Month by showing movies that concern the African-American struggle
for civil and human rights and also African-American culture as a whole. Past movies have included: Sankofa, OJ: A Study in Black and White, the PBS Documentary: Eyes on the Prize, and Ray.
In addition, the Kemet Chapter also works with the staff in NUSL's library to gather books written by Black authors and other works that concern Black issues.
The books are then displayed in a case in the library, surrounded by African artifacts.
With the help of some highly creative and dedicated first-years, the Kemet Chapter began the Snack and a Fact and Black History Month trivia components
of our Black History Celebration in 2005. The Snack and a Fact piece of our month-long celebration is held during the activities period. During that period, NUSL students,
faculty and staff gather near the Commons to receive a traditional snack of our ancestors that has attached to it a historical fact. The sesame cookie is one example of a
snack that had an attached explanation of the sesame, introduced in the United States by African slaves and referred to as good luck in African culture.
The Black History Month trivia is an online trivia game that is open to all students at NUSL. Posted on the school's WEBoard, the trivia contest includes
multiple choice questions on a range of topics related to Black History. The trivia winner is awarded a prize determined by the Kemet Chapter's executive board.
BLSA is continuously building upon and strengthening its traditions. For the Kemet Chapter, Black History Month is a time to reflect, appreciate our ancestors and to reinforce our ideals and mission.