BACO plans Black History Month events

Cornell’s Black Awareness Cultural Organization (BACO) is encouraging everyone to take part in Black History Month. 

Its members have organized events throughout the month of February that are free and open to the Cornell community and the public.

“It’s extremely important to join the Black History Month events this February to learn and to share the part of American history many forget or simply just don’t know,” BACO President Kimberly Cuevas said. “Black History Month is about battling this historic amnesia and reminding everyone that black people were also an enormous contributing part of the nation. This month is both an examination of black people’s journey and a nation’s history.”

Cuevas adds that Black History Month shouldn’t just be something celebrated during February, it should be incorporated into the classroom and into everyday life. 

Feb. 1 | BACO Movie Night

7 p.m. | Armstrong (BACO) House

  • Everyone is invited to watch a movie with a relevant topic to black history. 

Feb. 5 | African American Museum of Iowa Presentation

11:30 a.m. | Russell Classroom, Thomas Commons

  • A presenter from the African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids will speak on the Juneteenth celebration and its importance. 
Eddie Moore Jr '89
Eddie Moore Jr. ’89

Feb. 17 | White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversation 

6:30 p.m. | Hall-Perrine, Thomas Commons

  • This interactive, informative, challenging, and energetic session by Eddie Moore Jr. ’89 will examine and explore issues related to equity, white privilege, oppression, and the imperative that those promoting diversity and inclusion must get in on the conversation.  

Feb. 21 | Ask a POC 

6:30 p.m.| Orange Carpet, Thomas Commons

  • BACO welcomes participants to ask questions to a person of color (POC) that they might be embarrassed to ask or talk with them regarding what it’s like to be a person of color in a predominantly white institution. Disclaimer: POCs in this event are not speaking for their entire race but about their individual experiences.