Black Culture Center Celebrates Black Culture Awareness Week

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Ariel Sierra – MUTV 23 News Staff Writer

This week the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center hosted Black Culture Awareness Week with a variety of events throughout the week that celebrated and informed students about black culture.

On Sunday, to kick off the week students attended the Phirst Sunday Soul Food Dinner. The event took students to the Second Missionary Baptist Church, and then to the Black Culture Center to enjoy the annual soul food dinner.

A bone marrow drive was held on Monday. The event educated students about the Bone Marrow Registry, and why it is important for everyone, especially minority students to be involved.  Other events were held throughout the week included the 6th Annual Play the Part, a showing of the documentary “Dark Girls”, and a clothing swap.

“Awareness weeks don’t really exist outside of the university,” said Stephanie Hernandez, Multicultural Coordinator. “It’s a reality that you are going to be around different kinds of people for your whole life so to be able to be culturally competent is really important.”

According to MizzouDiversity, in the fall of 2013 Black/African American students made up only 8.2% of the schools population, while white students made up 79.5% of the population.

“Obviously being a black student I struggle everyday,” said Darnesha Tabor, MU student.

“There are lots of students and professors on campus who are not culturally competent, but there are many resources for me to access for me to get my degree.”

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the graduation rate of black students is 42%. Students like Tabor are driven to raise the graduation rate.

“Going back to my struggles I can turn that into positive, because I am able to educate people and show them that I do deserve to be here,” said Tabor.


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