Each month Multicultural Affairs Club at William Woods University celebrates a culture. Alongside the nation, this month they are celebrating Black History Month.
The club is led by Tammy Carter, director of multicultural affairs, and Jessica Bargate, a junior from Jefferson City, who is club president. They will host a number of events throughout the month, including presentations, movies, exhibits and more.
“I really want to raise awareness to the students that hate crimes and discrimination is still alive and very powerful,” said Carter.
However, she not only hopes to bring racial problems to the forefront of student attention, but also problems related with various other cultures, ethnicities and lifestyles.
Bargate agrees. She says that the greatest message students could take away from this month is “to be willing to learn and to expose yourself to meeting other people.”
As she explains, people tend to only see differences when there are often more similarities that can connect people. If people are exposed to these similarities, she feels that the world would be less disconnected and students would feel more comfortable with many different kinds of people.
For the club, Black History Month is not a time to get a few extra LEAD points and watch some movies, but a time for students to truly educate themselves on the issues and become motivated to do something.
Carter explains, “every storm starts from one raindrop” and each and every student’s voice and opinion matters. One person can change the world.
They encourage students to not only get involved on campus, but in the community. Carter lists activities, such as youth groups and charities, as options.
“I encourage students to try to attend as many as these cultural events as they can, even if it’s not for a LEAD point. It’s for your own personal and educational good,” said Carter.
Eventually, the club hopes that Black History Month will be every day and students will stop focusing on their differences and begin to see their many similarities. It is their goal that citizens of this country will no longer fall short at tolerance, but strive for something much more– true appreciation.
Until then, the club will continue hosting cultural events in hopes that students will be educated and motivated to change the world, one dream at a time.
The following events are planned during February:
Movie: “Freedom Writers,” 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, Library Auditorium. This movie tells of how a young teacher (Swank) inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. A discussion on how, as one person, you can make a difference with race relations will precede the movie.
Exhibit: 101 Ways to Look at Black Writers, 3 and 5 p.m., Feb. 9 and 10, Ivy Room.
100 photographs from Eugene B. Redmond’s extensive photographic collection of African-American writers. An audio component allows visitors to hear commentary about the photographs and to hear the featured poets reading selections from their work.
Movie: “Crash,” 3 p.m. Feb. 17, Library Auditorium. Several stories dealing with race interweave during two days in Los Angeles. A discussion on how we, as people, are all connected will precede the movie.
Presentation: “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” 3:30 p.m., Feb. 22, Burton 100. The push for diversification is an ongoing pursuit of many U.S. campuses. We will discuss the importance of ethnic inclusion and what can be done to embrace this concept on our campus.
Movie: “A Time to Kill,” 4 p.m., Feb. 24, Library Auditorium. A young lawyer defends a black man accused of murdering two men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, thus, sparking a rebirth of the KKK. A discussion on the poison of hatred will precede the movie.