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Celebrate all month long

By: Jade Anderson, Rambler Buzz Staff Writer

February is Black History Month and Loyola University Chicago’s Black Cultural Center has planned a number of events to commemorate the cultural uniqueness of the African-American community. All events are open to Loyolans and the general public.

To get things started, head over to the Black History Month Kickoff: A Black and White Affair on Monday, February 3. This event asks all attendees to dress their best, in business or cocktail attire, and enjoy a formal dinner accompanied by a variety of student performances that express their perspective on what it means to be black on Loyola’s campus. The event will be held in the Damen Student Center, MPR South, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Next, indulge in a night filled with music, dance, and yummy food at the Black Arts Expo on February 12, in the Damen Student Center Multipurpose Room, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The expo calls for an expression of black culture through various forms of art. The displays will showcase the triumphs of the black community.

On February 16 partake in a large tradition in black culture, eating soul food on Sundays. This event brings together students, faculty, and staff of all different ethnicities while shedding light on the history of black culture. Soul Food Sunday will be held in the Damen Student Center Multipurpose Room from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bring a friend to the Poetry Jam on February 21 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Engrained: A Green Cafe. This event will include a wide array of spoken art, including poetry, story-telling, singing, and spoken word. The Poetry Jam will feature an open mic forum and all attendees are welcome to perform.

Finally, close out the Black History Month celebration at the most extravagant ball of the year. Put on your formal attire and dance the night away at the BCC’s annual Ebony Ball on February 22, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, in the Damen Student Center Multipurpose Room. This year’s theme, Black Diamonds, represents the crystal clear, shining, and rich beauty of black culture and its significance to students on campus. Food will be provided.