BACO organizes Black History Month events

The long-running student organization, Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO), has organized several events for Black History Month.

“Black History Month, to me, means acknowledging and honoring our past as well as celebrating our present accomplishments,” said BACO President Maimouna Dia ’18. “To me, it also means being proud of where you came from.”

Feb 12: “Black Music Thru The Ages” is an interactive, public display of African American music through the ages in America, using karaoke. This event takes place at 7 p.m. in Zamora’s Market.

Feb. 13: Comedy night at Armstrong (BACO) House from 7–9 p.m.

Photo of duo presenting “Mending Masculinity,” which is a collaborative spoken word tour featuring Kavi Ade & Vision.
Kavi Ade & Vision

Feb. 15: “Mending Masculinity” is a collaborative spoken word tour featuring Kavi Ade & Vision. Through performance poetry, the duo utilizes their separate lenses (as a transgender queer person and as a cisgender heterosexual person) to cultivate a conversation that encompasses all forms of masculinity and the inherent toxicity of gendered binaries in a patriarchal world. “Mending Masculinity” will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Hall-Perrine Room of the Thomas Commons. 

Feb. 19–23: History week—a week full of multiple small events on campus regarding Black history in Cornell, Iowa, and everywhere

Feb. 24: Black History Month celebration at Armstrong (BACO) House from 9–11 p.m.

Feb. 26–28: Basketball tournament at the Small Multi-Sport Center from 7–9 p.m. If you are interested in participating, email MDia18@cornellcollege.edu or rphillips20@cornellcollege.edu.

The Intercultural Life Office (ICL) provides programming for all Cornell students and supports many student organizations, such as BACO. ICL Director Hemie Collier says Black History Month is more than just African American history, it’s American history.

“Black History Month reminds us of the forgotten contributions African Americans have made in the development and continued growth of this country and beyond,” Collier said.

All of BACO’s Black History Month programs are free and open to the public.