VIDEO: Black Student Union members share thoughts on why black history matters

By Erica Lavik | February 21, 2019 6:39pm

Black Student Union gave their input on why Black History Month is important, and why we should celebrate it at University of Portland. Video by Erica Lavik. Interviewed by Brigid Lowney.

Media Credit: Erica Lavik / The Beacon

Black History Month is an annual tradition that celebrates the achievements of African-Americans and recognizes their experiences throughout U.S. History. President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, and it has been celebrated every February since. 

In observance of Black History Month, members of UP's Black Student Union shared why they think Black History Month is important. Listen to what they had to say.

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