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Flag Raising In Honor Of Black History Month

February 25, 2012 by admin

By Anna Blaine
     On Feb. 2, the Black Student Union (BSU) at Brookdale Community College took time to humbly respect those African-American leaders who advocated for Civil Rights, while also honoring Black History Month in a flag- raising salute.     The significance of this tribute was not only to show admiration, but the colors of the flag, red, green, and black symbolically represents a declaration started by Marcus Garvey. That declaration is the blood spilled, the homeland of Africa, and the courage of the people that unites the African culture.     Shantel Levy, president of the BSU, gave a poignant speech that day to officially kick-off Black History Month. She highlighted historical figures such as Sojourner Truth and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who spoke out against the oppression of slavery in the US. They contributed to the movement that one day this country will be equal and turn to help out the fellow man regardless of color.     Standing on the lawn before the microphone, the commemorative speech Levy gave reflected that in her words, "As men and women, we should not be judged by the color of our eyes or the color of our skin, but rather by what we have accomplished."     The major accomplishments of these American heroes were clear when Levy said, "I realize it wasn’t a long time ago when this country was living in segregation and these great men and women paved the way, set the course for a better future in which I am standing in today. To a test of this fact is President Barack Obama."     The impact of the speech was evident by all the onlookers. A crowd of about 25 people turned out for the ceremony, including a police officer and a cameraman. There were other speakers as well. Among them were Brookdale’s Interim President Dr. William H. Toms, who gave a few words of recognition to honor the historical moment.     Afterward "Lift Every Voice and Sing," written by James Weldon Johnson was led by a member of the BSU, and the audience joined in as the flag was slowly hoisted to the top of the flagpole. In silence everyone watched this display of a proud moment in American history with the flag swaying in the chilly wind of February.

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