The JSU NAACP chapter hosted its fourth annual Black History Month program in Leone Cole Auditorium on Feb. 17,
The program was a celebration of the accomplishments of African American individuals throughout the decades.
It also discussed the hardships and struggles the African American community had to face throughout the years, specifically during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
The event began with a reflection on the city of Birmingham, Ala. during the movement and segregation; it was a time when the city sported the nickname “bombingham.”
The NAACP showed a documentary to provide an in-depth look at the war-zone like city, and the racially motivated hate crimes that gave it it’s nickname.
The documentary showed the fallout from many of the bombings and riots that took place in Birmingham.
It especially focused on the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that killed four African American girls.
The program also focused on the accomplishments of many African American figures. It paid tribute to the singer Natalie King Cole. Cole’s hit song “This Will Be” was performed by student Kesha Nobles.
The event also included a look at the different African American dances throughout the ages. The NAACP Vice President Darshay Lampley considered it to be one of the major parts of the night.
“We wanted to highlight the dances because that’s something we’ve never highlighted specifically,” Lampley said.
The major part of the program, however, was the segment on the history of the Black Panther Party. The party is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.
The NAACP showed a documentary video highlighting the history of the party, some of the goals that they held and the opposition that they faced. The program also mentioned the Million Man March of 1963 where over 260,000 people gather at the national mall in Washington D.C.
It was one of the largest rallies that has ever taken place at the capitol.
“The main focus of the program was to implement the Black Panther anniversary as well as the Million Man March anniversary because those are two prominent things that we have currently going on in present day,” Lampley said.
The program was the third one that she had been involved in.
“Hopefully it will be something that NAACP carries on throughout their remainder on JSU’s campus. I definitely think its important because as young people we often times forget, and you have to always find a way to be well rounded and find a way to give back to the community,” Lampley said.
She said the main takeaway that she would like for people to get from the program is that “[the African American community] is still making history.” Lampley also said she wants people to make sure “to stay involved and well informed about the things that happened in the past because they happen in the present as well.”