February celebrates black history

Renee Sogueco, ’Doah Staff Writer
February 6, 2013

February came quickly this year, and with it came Black History Month. This is a time to celebrate the culture of those who struggled for decades to gain an equal place in American society. People across America celebrate the contributions that African Americans brought to society.

The first known celebration for African Americans dates back to 1925. Carter G. Woodson and the organization that he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), started Negro History Week. It was celebrated during the first week of February, which contained both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthday. The celebration was a success, and people across the nation responded by creating clubs, with teachers informing students and endorsing the effort in general.

On July 4, 1974 at the 200th anniversary of the United States, Negro History Week was turned into Black History Month.

Shenandoah University celebrates this month through the Office of Student Engagement by creating events that students can get involved in.

“We are currently in the works to organize with the Black Student Union, a trip to D.C. to visit the MLK Museum and other black history related activities,” says Rick McClendon, director of student engagement.

The group Caribbean Trio Ewabo will perform twice for Shenandoah University over the course of the month. On Feb. 12, they will be at the Northern Virginia campus at 12 p.m., and on Wednesday, Feb. 13, they will be playing at Allen Dining Hall at 11 a.m.

Ewabo is recognized as a preeminent Caribbean calypso band in the mid-Atlantic region. The spectacular demonstration of island instrument and pan drums brought them to prominence in world music. Frank Javois (keyboards), Roger Greenidge (pan drums) and Tim Hamm (vocals/congas) bring reggae and pan drum music to Shenandoah University next week.

The best part about seeing the group is that it’s free.

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