How to celebrate Black History Month on Transy’s campus

Transy students march with a Black Student Alliance (BSA) banner in 2019. Photo by Tristan Reynolds

Now that January is finally over, we are flying through February. With February comes the culmination of winter, Valentine’s Day, and the overarching longing for spring break. However, more important than all of those is the month-long commemorative celebration of Black History. Transy’s Black Student Alliance, or BSA, has organized events on and off campus to foster community and celebration.

BSA kicked the events off by participating in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Freedom March through downtown. Not to worry if you missed that event, because there are a few others happening in the coming weeks.

Jordan Horne of BSA spoke on the importance of learning about new cultures. This campus could take Black History Month as an opportunity to learn about a different culture, more about your own, or meet someone new through all the events. Celebrating Black culture is important to many people and this month is a chance to show that appreciation and spread some love in a world that can sometimes be very hateful.

Through the end of February, there will be an ongoing program called the Weekly Spotlight. Jordan Horne explained that the Weekly Spotlight acts as a way for students to learn about current people and some more unknown people to highlight that people can learn something new and expand their appreciation of Black History Month and learn just how many powerful Black figures there are.The Weekly Spotlight is a returning program from previous years. Next week on Feb. 22, BSA will be hosting a Trap and Paint event where students can come listen to music and showcase their creativity.

Finally, BSA is hosting the Silent Disco on Feb. 28. A Silent Disco is a great way to dance to the beat of your drum while still having fun with other people. Implementing headphones as the only source of music, the event is tailored directly to each person’s music taste. There are sure to be a lot of different dancing styles. 

There are also a myriad of other events going on in the Lexington area. The Lyric Theatre has many upcoming events celebrating Black History Month. One of those events includes the Kentucky Black Authors Expo on Feb. 22, which is a free event open to the public. For more information about this event, click here.