LSU Celebrates Black History Month

Lauren - MLKMeet Lauren Grant, a senior Marketing major from Ohio. As the Black History Month Committee chairperson, she is here to share some information about the African American Cultural Center’s Black History Month events and initiatives. Click here to learn more about the LSU African American Cultural Center.

Hello! My name is Lauren Grant and I can proudly say that I am a graduating senior here at Louisiana State University majoring in Marketing.  Born and raised in the great state of Ohio, I was introduced to the “Red Stick City” of Baton Rouge in 2010 and have had the pleasure of partaking in LSU’s excellence thus far. Being a part of LSU’s community has definitely shaped me into the person I am today.  This place has taught me the true meaning of leadership and how to apply it to my everyday life and future career path.

Currently, I serve as the Black History Month Committee chairperson.  This prestigious committee oversees all events during Black History Month and is a student-led organization sponsored by the African American Cultural Center. The committee’s mission is to provide educational and informative programs that help celebrate the outstanding achievements and strides of African Americans, not only during Black History Month but throughout the entire year.

The Black History Month Committee plans three distinguished events along with a weekly lecture series. Most recently we hosted our first event of the month, the Mister and Miss Imani Pageant. This event showcased 14 minority student leaders that had the opportunity to prove why they deserved to be the next Mister and Miss Imani. This year’s winners were Kendra Turley and Alex James, who both displayed their talents and wowed the crowd and judges with their charm and talents. In addition to having the honor to serve as Mister and Miss Imani 2014, they both received a scholarship and Kendra will get a chance to compete in the Miss LSU Pageant in March.

The next two major events to follow include the Sankofa Poetry and Open Mic Night and College Reunion. Sanfoka will allow our peers to showcase their talents through poetry and spoken word and College Reunion is an outdoor extravaganza designed to unify the LSU African American campus community. The event embraces African American culture through music, dance, spoken word performances, games and contests, and the popular Greek Stroll-Off Competition. Although centralized around the celebration of African American unity, College Reunion is a diverse and fun-filled program for the entire campus community to enjoy.

To learn more about the events taking place during Black History Month, please visit the African American Cultural Center located at 3 Union Square, Raphael Semmes Rd. or visit us online at www.lsu.edu/aacc .

I hope you will join us for some of this year’s Black History Month events and remember to always “Love purple and Live Gold!”

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