With tables lining the lobby of the Kirkhof Center, 16 different Black and Afro-led student organizations took part in GVSU’s “Blackout: Black Student Organization Showcase." The event is just one of several events being put on by Grand Valley’s Office of Multicultural Affairs to celebrate Black History Month .
Phillip Todd, assistant director of the Office for Multicultural Affairs, said that Black History Month is not just to honor the legacy of leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also to honor the legacy being created by students. “The Blackout is important because it’s student-focused,” Todd said. “It's important to showcase the work that they're doing because they're actively creating Black history.”
Several students shared how they find community through student organizations and celebrate Black History Month.