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Delina Biniam performs a skit with two other attendees of the BSU dinner

Black History Month is a time when black culture is highlighted and celebrated by recongzing the many ways black people have contributed  to American history. It is celebrated nationwide every February.

Diversity, Inclusion, Community & Engagement (DICE) and the Gonzaga School of Law have scheduled events and programs throughout the month to honor and celebrate Black History Month.

“It puts an emphasis on trying to be aware of the need for diversity and inclusion,” said Deb Ellis, a program manager at Unity Multicultural Education Center (UMEC).

These programs were created for people to become more aware and to increase diversity of thought and perspective that can promotes celebrating our differences, said Ellis. 

“As a predominantly white institution, it is important that we recognize the privilege we have as white people and support through our ally-ship, shut mouths and open ears,” junior Morgan Graves said.

Graves said there is much a person can take away from going to one of the events on campus.

“These events aren’t meant to ‘sing to the choir,’ but to educate and challenge people’s thinking,” Graves said. “I think if you are already planning on going to these events, it is your job as an ally to challenge others to attend as well who might not consider going originally.”

Gonzaga Law School is holding three open forums and four films that are open to the public. The film “Tongues United” is showing at the Gonzaga School of Law’s Barbieri Courtroom on Feb. 7, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Filmmaker Marlon Riggs gives a voice to communities of gay, black men, illustrating their culture and perspectives on the world as they go through racism and homophobia.

“True Justice,” another film, is also showing at the Barbieri Courtroom on Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. The Fairhurst Bench-Bar Room at Gonzaga Law school is also showing two films: “Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice” on Feb. 14, from 3 to 4 p.m. and “Hoop Dreams” on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.

On Feb. 24, the Barbieri Courtroom is holding two events: Ricky Kidd and the Innocence Project at 12:15 p.m. and Clear Vision on Mental Among African American Men at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. the #Zaglaw community is teaming up with representatives from Spokane to discuss how to bridge the gap between communities and the police in Cataldo Hall.

The DICE community is also holding three events to the public during Black History Month. Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter movement, is speaking about her experiences and motivations in the Woldson Center at 7 p.m.

Feb. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hemmingson Auditorium the Speak Up Series: The Power of the Black Vote will focus on voter suppression why black votes matter, and how to get the black community to vote and run for office.

Black Student Union (BSU) is holding their annual dinner on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Hemmingson Ballroom. Najhan Bell, a senior at GU and the president of BSU, is proud to promote the dinner to the GU community.

“Since we are all such a small population at Gonzaga, both student and faculty, it gives us a moment to shine and have something dedicated to our wants and needs,” Bell said.

Alaysia Lane is a staff writer.

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