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What Does Black History Month Mean To You?

What Does Black History Month Mean To You?

Jewel Antoine, Contributing Writer

February 27, 2019

Black History Month, or African-American History Month, is an annual celebration in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. This observance was created with the purpose of recognizing and celebrating the remarkable individuals and events in the history of the African d...

Curated Collections: Kanopy Black History Month Picks

Curated Collections: Kanopy Black History Month Picks

Jewel Antoine, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2019

Kanopy is an award-winning video streaming service that provides access to over 30,000 documentaries and films to subscribers — including St. John’s University students, provided through the university library. This February, in celebration of Black History Month, Kanopy has an entire category...

Student Leaders Talk Black History Month Programming

Beverly Danquah, Features Editor

January 30, 2019

Growing up, Raven Jackson always anticipated celebrating Black History Month. Today, as content creator for Media and Branding on the Haraya E-board, she thinks of every day as a day to celebrate black history because of childhood memories of her family’s commemoration of the month-long celebration. ...

Authenticity Matters: Being Black in Corporate America

Authenticity Matters: Being Black in Corporate America

Bre'Anna Grant, Staff Writer

February 14, 2018

Nearly 30 students had the opportunity to network with professionals from JPMorgan Chase, Protiviti and Ernst & Young last Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the “Being Black in Corporate America” event hosted by Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed fraternity and the National Association of Black Accountants. Panelists...

How Africa Connects Us: The Caribbean Diaspora

Dewayne Goforth, Contributing Writer

February 14, 2018

The second of a three-part series called, “How Africa Connects Us” focused on “The Caribbean Diaspora: The Effects of the African Slave Trade” on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The event was sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association (CSA), Latin American Student Organization (LASO), African Students As...

Black History Month Should Matter to You

Arturo Enamorado, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

After word broke out about an SJU student deliberately harassing and stalking two other students of color, there was certainly a need for a conversation. Often I hear people saying, “Why is Black History Month important? Does it accomplish anything?” But Black History Month is more than just remembe...

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Highlighting Women in Hip-Hop

Joerenz Tabanda-Bolina, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2018

Feb. 1 brought Black History Month celebrations at the University. To kick things off, students were treated to “Women in Hip Hop,” a panel discussion made possible by Haraya, Women and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Minor, Spectrum, Tess Digital and Turane. Hosted by alumna Destiny Ross, the night beg...

Dinner Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Dinner Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

February 7, 2018

The University’s celebration of Black History Month launched last Monday, Jan. 29, with the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ annual MLK Dinner. The event, hosted in the D’Angelo Center ballroom, permitted students and staff to reflect on the events upcoming in the month and also on the impact ...

DACA and Daring to Dream

DACA and Daring to Dream

Joerenz Tabanda-Bolina, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2018

On the second day of Black History Month, Haraya and LASO gave an informational session on Feb. 2 on DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Students Darrell Bratcher and Melissa Lozano led the talk in the Little Theatre and they held a quiet, serious tone as the event moved through facts, ...

Vincentian View: Black Catholic History Month

Vincentian View: Black Catholic History Month

Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, C.M., Special to the Torch

November 16, 2017

Pope John Paul II canonized Josephine Bakhita in 2000. That means that he declared her a saint, not that he “made her” one. Therefore, he expressed the recognition that the People of God know that she is a saint. She dwells in the presence of God at this very moment. Bakhita was a Canossian Da...

MLK display and dinner unites students, faculty

MLK display and dinner unites students, faculty

Ariana Ortiz and Kaylee Herndon

February 1, 2017

On the eve of Black History Month, the University hosted two events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 30. These events consisted of an art display in Marillac Terrace, as well as an annual dinner. “This was a huge collaboration from everyone from the Black History Month c...

Haraya empowers black community and reaches across cultures

Haraya empowers black community and reaches across cultures

Livia Paula, Features Editor

February 17, 2016

  Pride, dignity and freedom – that’s the meaning behind the Swahili word Haraya. That was also the name that six African-Americans St. John’s University students chose in 1968 when they created the organization. These six individuals probably didn’t know at that time that 48 years lat...

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