ACU Plans Black History Month CelebrationPosted January 29, 2015
The Office of Multicultural Enrichment at Abilene Christian University will facilitate several events during Black History Month, but plans to celebrate with a different perspective.
“We want to be intentional about our approach with Black History Month,” said Prentice Ashford, director of the Office of Multicultural Enrichment.
OME will take a different approach by educating the Abilene and ACU community about African-American culture as opposed to just highlighting historical facts.
“We’re not going to simply rely on stating facts about the great pioneers who came before us,” Ashford said. “We want to educate people by giving them the opportunity to peek inside the African-American culture of today.”
Events include an outreach project benefiting students at Ortiz Elementary School, a community-wide worship service hosted by the Black Students’ Association at Chapel on the Hill, a Chapel forum in which a documentary produced by the Office of Multicultural Enrichment titled There’s a Difference will be shown, and a Black History production to conclude the month.
Ashford said he wants this month to help people talk about traditionally uncomfortable topics.
“Not only do we want people to leave this month with a better understanding of the African-American culture,” he said. “We want Black History Month, ultimately, to encourage people to want to experience the many different cultures they may not be familiar with.”
Schedule of Events
Community Service Project benefiting Ortiz Elementary School
Feb. 7 at 9 a.m.
ACU Campus Center Living Room
Black Students’ Association Worship Service
Feb. 8 at 3 p.m.
Chapel on the Hill
Chapel Forum: There’s a Difference Documentary
Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
Unchained Memories: BSA Black History Production
Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
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