From the Daily Egyptian:
Several SIU organizations have scheduled 22 events for Black History month, centered around African Americans in times of war.
The Black Affairs Council is hosting two lunches with African American graduate students on Feb. 7 and Feb. 20. President of the Black Affairs Council Bethany Peppers said the lunches are away to commemorate those that don’t get enough recognition.
“We’re highlighting those African Americans who were with us, that fought for us to be able to do the things we do today,” Peppers said. “So I can be in school, so I can be in college, so I can be free as an American. It’s just important to highlight that.”
Peppers said the theme is still very relevant now as it was in history. “Consistently throughout history we’ve had actual wars,” Peppers said. “But you also have times and periods that are like right now. A time where struggle is occurring.”
Peppers is a junior who’s double majoring in Political Science and Africana Studies and said the themes in these events have many parallels to the current state of the university’s restructuring plan.
“We are fighting to protect what we call SIU,” Peppers said. “For at least four years, it’s our home. We are fighting to feel at home.”