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Black History Month kickoff sets stage for February events

The beginning of Black History Month events at Texas A&M University-San Antonio were marked by a kickoff Feb. 7 in the Ceremony Room of Patriots’ Casa. 

Image courtesy Campus Activity Board

The kickoff was hosted by several organizations, including the Campus Activities Board, the Black Student Union and the Cisneros Institute. 

Attendants were offered cupcakes, sandwiches and chips as they listened to music and played board games around tables scattered throughout the ceremony room. 

Music from celebrated Black artists such as The Jackson 5 and The Miracles played around the room, which was decorated in red, green and yellow — the colors used to observe Black History Month. 

Despite the welcoming environment, less than half of the tables in the room were occupied by attendants. There were roughly 60 chairs in the room. 

Psychology freshman Navaeh Mendoza said she heard about the kickoff through JagSync and was surprised by the small attendance. 

“It freaks me out how little students are here compared to how many students go here,” Mendoza said. 

Patrice Campbell, BSU’s vice president, was at the kickoff and said she felt that more students didn’t attend these kinds of events because they feel like they’re overstepping. 

“People aren’t stepping into boundaries that shouldn’t be crossed,” Campbell said. “This is what we want. This is what we need so that we can understand each other and have better relationships.” 

Campbell said students should look out for a spirit week that BSU will be hosting from Feb. 13-17 as a part of celebrating Black History Month. 

“Definitely look out for that; we’ll be having different cool events every day,” Campbell said. 

For more information on events celebrating Black History Month at A&M-San Antonio, visit JagSync. 

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