Students Celebrate Diversity and History During Black History Month

February 23, 2022

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is raising awareness about Black History Month by hosting and collaborating on several in-person and remote events. 

To align with this year’s theme, “Black in Business,” WPU celebrates and supports black entrepreneurship, creativity, and success on campus and in Raleigh and the Triangle. 

Across campus, WPU hosted events including “Poetic Vibes” on Feb. 16, during which students were able to contribute their original work or be able to recite the poetry, lyrics, or spoken words of Black artists. This event drew a crowd of 61 students and staff, one of the most attended events of the month so far.

Dr. Ralph attending “Poetic Vibes” with other students.

During Black Entrepreneur Showcase on Feb. 10, students learned about Black Entrepreneurship throughout history and met some Pacers who operate businesses while being a student. Another event, Black Jeopardy, challenged students on their knowledge of important moments in African-American history. During this event, participants competed in teams of two for two rounds. The winning team received Beats Earbuds, while all participants received a $25 Amazon gift card.

This year WPU is excited to reintroduce the Black Student Union’s (BSU) signature program, the third Annual Ebony Ball Feb. 24. The last Ebony Ball occurred before the pandemic. 

“This is something we have been planning since the start of the school year,” said Miles Carter, secretary of BSU. “I think we are just as excited as the students participating!”

 Anthony Holloman, the BSU Staff Advisor, said the pandemic has made such events more important than ever. 

“Ebony Ball is designed to celebrate Black life at WPU and an opportunity for the WPU community to all come together to socialize, dance, and have a good time,” Holloman said. 

Ebony Ball 2022

Outside of the events being held this month at WPU, there are events all over the Triangle that can help you celebrate our shared history by making it a point to celebrate Black History. A few to check out:

The BSU is also hosting a contest supporting Black-owned restaurants in the Triangle. They encourage students to visit and take a photo at the following locations: