When BSU set out to create their programming for Black History Month 2020, they went all in. Over the course of February, Drew’s Black Student Union (BSU) has hosted events ranging from museum trips to Jeopardy night to movie screenings.
“We aimed to cover topics relevant to the Black experience – celebrating the intersection of being Black and Queer, uplifting Black Women, validating Black mental health and honoring historic accomplishments made by members of the Black community,” said the BSU board.
Keeping in line with their club mission statement, BSU’s main goal for the month was to make sure that each student who attended an event not only had a good time, but also learned something new, regardless of what their backgrounds were.
COURTESY OF ABBY BRICKNER ('21)
The month kicked off with decorating trees around campus with empowering quotes and a trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. After these first two events, they followed a theme for each week: week one was Diversity and Intersection, week two was BLAQ, week three was Black Art and week four will be Black Health.
According to BSU board members, one of their favorite events from this year’s programming was their Black Jeopardy event that was held in the Pub on Monday, Feb. 17. They said that the setting of the game allowed for a cozy, familial atmosphere and that the trivia questions were great for creating conversations and learning experiences on each team. BSU added that the prizes for participating, which included movie tickets, were also a big hit.
In addition to the already mentioned events, BSU also hosted their own Comic-Con, showed the award winning films “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” took a group of students to see “Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” on Broadway, co-sponsored sex toy bingo, and put on Brown, Queer & Ready to Mingle, among other events.
As February’s final week comes around, BSU plans to finish Black History Month by appearing at and hosting a few events around campus. Students can look forward to seeing BSU at a poetry workshop as part of Drew Around the World on Friday, Feb. 21, as well as their last two events.