Black History Month on campus

Jon Quinn (TheLorian)

Get involved on campus with some Black History Month programming. Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., the Loras College Business club (PBL) will be sponsoring entrepreneurs’ presentation and local/national businesses. Reach out to senior Brett Batkoff for more information.

The first week of Black History Month, The College is focusing on Black businesses. According to the Census Bureau, the United States is home to roughly 2.5 million Black-owned businesses pre-COVID-19. Although data is still coming in, minority business owners took a devastating blow.

Despite the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19, there are a number of great black individuals who are working to better themselves and the world. Next week, the college will be celebrating black lives throughout the week. Examples may include, but are not limited to: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcom X, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and many more.

Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. in the St. Joe’s Theatre, the Loras Players will sponsor a movie night. The film they’re showing is a 1985 drama/historical film called “The Color Purple.” It was directed by Steven Spielberg and won several awards and nominations. A few notable actors include Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Margaret Avery. For more information, please reach out to senior Jacob Heelein.

Feb. 6 from 7-9 p.m., Student life will team up with Art Club in the Pub for Solidarity Canvas Painting night. Please reach out to Marta Habel for additional information. All next week, Student Life will be displaying stand-up posters celebrating black lives; inventors, authors, activists, and many more. These stand up posters can be found on the ACC concourse. For more information, please contact Habel.

Make sure to pick up next week’s copy for more programs and events happening on campus in regards to Black History Month.

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Jon is currently a junior who is double-majoring in Media Studies and Public Relations. He is heavily involved at Loras as a campus photographer, residential adviser, and a sports editor for the school newspaper, The Lorian.

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