Black History in a pandemic


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Cici Daniels es la encargada de relaciones públicas de BSU.

NIXSON BENITEZ, Executive Editor

A Spanish version of this article appeared in print in the Thursday, Feb. 11 issue of the Northern Iowan.

The way we communicate has been a challenge for every student organization during the pandemic. The attendance won’t be the same as it was last year, but this doesn’t stop Black Student Union (BSU) from bringing events to Black History Month.  

Cici Daniels, head of public relations for BSU, is in charge of recruiting and is one of many executive members involved in planning events for BSU. 

Daniels stated that due to the given circumstances and current climate, many of BSU’s traditional events have either moved online or simply been canceled.

“Our events have changed a lot as a lot of the events are not happening or had to be cut due to the pandemic,” Daniels said. “The skate party isn’t going to happen, as well the Soul Food Dinner. We recently just had a Poetry Slam and we had it available virtually and limited in person.” 

Daniels described the Poetry Slam as having a sense of hope and success. People were very interactive online and in person. 

“My experience at the poetry slam was wonderful,” said BSU member Lindsay Gordon.

Daniels also mentioned the Tunnel of Oppression, one of the events that BSU would hold in-person during Black History Month.

“The image of the tunnel of oppression won’t be the same as previous years,” she said. “This will be held in Zoom and each room will be in breakout rooms. One of the rooms that BSU will have is ‘We are the Movement,’ a room dedicated to the power of Black women.” 

The Tunnel of Oppression will take place on Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. via Zoom. BSU will next host a Grapevine Panel, which will take place on Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m. in Lang Auditorium. To stay in the loop with more information of events, going on in BSU, follow their Instagram page (@UNIBSU). BSU welcomes any and everybody to their events. 

Discussing some of her favorite leaders, Daniels highlighted Maya Angelou for her powerful words and Malcolm X for the fire he has. She sees herself in these leaders and uses their story to lead on this campus. 

“Put your name and your face (out there) as opportunities are hidden and it’s only a matter of time when you may discover them,” she said.

Although the pandemic has shifted traditions, the impact continues virtually. Although we highlight Black history this month, every day we will celebrate Black excellence.