Black History Week: Celebrating the Legacy, Building Our Own

February 1, 2012

Black History Week: Celebrating the Legacy, Building Our Own

VALDOSTA -- As the nation observes the accomplishments of notable black men and women in history throughout the month, Valdosta State University will host events and activities on campus from Monday, Feb. 6, to Feb 10 that focus on the contributions of African Americans in America. VSU’s Second Annual Black History Week is sponsored by the VSU NAACP, Black Student League (BSL), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and Creative Media & Marketing.
The theme for Black History Week is “Celebrating the Legacy, Building Our Own.”

“American history was and still is being shaped by people from different countries, cultures, religions and backgrounds everyday and it is important that we acknowledge the contributions of everyone,” VSU NAACP President DeAndre Jones said. “The contributions and roles of African Americans in America for over 400 years are without a doubt an important subject and cannot be ignored. I see this week as an opportunity to share our culture and history with the entire campus community.”

Jones added that there is nowhere better to celebrate diversity and education than at the university.

“As Carter G. Woodson, the originator of Black History Month (or week in those days) once said, ‘Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.’ With that said, history no matter what color, needs be celebrated. It's our history, it's your history, and most importantly it's America's history.”

Schedule of Events

VSU Black History Week Jump-Off Unity Cookout
Monday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. on the VSU Front Lawn
All students are invited to enjoy food, music and games.

A Catwalk Through the Past Fashion Show
Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Bailey Science Center
The show will feature various fashion trends.

Organizational Meet and Greet
Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Meeting Rooms A & B
This will be an opportunity for students to meet members of the hosting organizations.

Black in America Panel Discussion
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater
The panel will include VSU students and faculty members who have shown leadership and outstanding service on campus. The panel will discuss issues about education, diversity on campus, leadership and opportunities.

VSU Black History Celebration Program
Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater
The program will feature keynote speaker, Georgia Representative Alisha Morgan. There will also do a book signing afterward.

“Ambitious: An All Black Affair”
Friday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. at Fruits of the Garden, located at 115 W. Central Ave.
VSU students are invited to enjoy live entertainment and open mic.

For more information, contact DeAndre Jones at