Uniting the Diaspora: Black History Month begins at CSU

Colorado State University kicked off Black History Month in the Lory Student Center Theater on Jan. 28, touching on the universal themes of inclusiveness and unity.

The celebration, organized by CSU’s Black/African American Cultural Center, commenced with one significant word: diaspora. Those who spoke referred to this, explaining its meaning as regaining unity among African countries, cultures and peoples. They shared a burning desire to be proud of one’s heritage and culture while establishing a sense of comradery among those that share a similar background.

To celebrate the start of Black History Month at CSU, the event included performances that did not shy away from cultural values but basked in the light of their individuality. This included living statues and spoken word performances, highlighting the values and desires of those running the event.

Sometimes a few simple words can hold 1,000 stories. Words such as community, pride and love filled the theater throughout the night. The speakers at this event showed that despite prejudice and hardship, one’s origin shall never be forgotten, nor shall it be replaced.

This was just the start of the month. In the coming weeks, the monthlong celebration will feature a virtual keynote talk on Feb. 10 from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, whose death in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida sparked a national movement questioning the role of guns and policing in America.

There also will be with dozens of experiences focusing on the culture, history and traditions that also foster the power of community and love for one another — something that was evident in the opening event at the Lory Student Center.

For more information on events and celebrations for Black History Month at CSU, head to baacc.colostate.edu/programs/ cultural-programs/black-history-month-programs.