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GRCC Celebrates Black History Month

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By Jenean Zahran
Collegiate Staff Writer

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Union recently brought in Hip-Hop Activist/Historian Davey D, who has worked front line in many of the grassroots movements, to speak for them.

Courtesy of Sara Hill

They still have many more events going on throughout this month, one being “Nourishment 4 the Soul,” which was held on February 16 in the Student Center’s Multi-Purpose room. Being a fundraiser, they provided soul food for $8 a plate, and while eating you got to enjoy empowering poetry from T. Miller, a spoken word artist from Detroit.

Later that day, they also had an Open Mic Night in the Quiet Cafe. The cost was $3 to attend and $5 to perform there. First place was awarded a $50 prize. The next Open Mic Night will take place on March 16 from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Quiet Cafe.

Black Student Union has been around since the 1960s, and has since made its way across the United States in different colleges and high schools.

“We represent unity, pride, and a sense of belonging for students,” said Sara Hill, the BSU adviser.

“It’s also a place for students to find available resources they sometimes don’t have.”

People might assume that students have to be African-American to join, which is not true. BSU not only deals with African-American issues, but urban issues as well.

Courtesy of MCT

“Our vice president this year is not African-American at all,” Hill says. “He joined because he felt that the issues we were tackling were not just African-American issues, but urban issues as well.”

This organization offers a support system for students of African-American descent and looks to make a difference on campus for all students.
Every Wednesday they have an Ujima session, which is open dialogue particularly for students of color.

“It’s geared around student success, and addresses ever day concerns that students have on campus,” Hill said.

Marvin Foreman, a member of the BSU for about a month now, says the organization has already helped him develop a more focused direction in his life.

“It definitely has given me some positive reinforcements about my academics,” Foreman said. “At first, I was unsure about my directional path here at GRCC, but now I have some focus. Without the influence of BSU, these types of things probably wouldn’t have crossed my mind.”

BSU also offers financial support for members by offering grant and scholarship opportunities, as well as academic support.

The Black Student Union hosts study tables every other Monday in the Raider Grill from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in an effort to increase the retention rates of the African-American community on campus.

The time is usually spent filling out scholarship applications and working on homework.

Tutors are also available upon request.

“Our goal is to see progression and constant improvement with our students,” Hill says.

If you are interested in metal health awareness, BSU has a program taking place in the Applied Technology Center Auditorium in room 168 at 6 p.m. on February 25.
During this time they will explore the mental processes, emotional intelligence, depression and suicide interventions and well as stress management and coping.
For more information on Black Student Union or to fill out a membership application, visit www.grcc.edu/bsu.

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