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Black History Month 2021

Last month, USQ did several features across social media to celebrate Black History Month, including original and reshared posts about the history of BHM and various stories of Black excellence. This article highlights some of those things shared.

Started by Black educators and students at Kent State in 1970, Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford in 1976. Every February since, the US celebrates Black achievements and the history that isn't always taught to us. 

Last month, USQ did several features across social media to celebrate Black History Month, including original and reshared posts about the history of BHM and various stories of Black excellence. Additionally, USQ posted in support of National Black HIV/AIDS Day and queer Black people around the US, plus also held a letter writing workshop to representatives. USQ also internally took a look at census data from last summer and what it means for our Black and other PoC players and published some of those findings. A virtual event to celebrate Black History Month was also hosted with fellow members in the quidditch community.

Six members of the quidditch community were highlighted to talk about their heritage and what being Black means to them. You can view their full interview and other celebration campaigns on USQ's Instagram page.


Charlene Caruthers

BHM Charlene Caruthers

"For me, celebrating Black history doesn't just begin and end with the month of February, I celebrate my Black history all year round" -Charlene Caruthers


 Kevin hayes

BHM Kevin Hayes

"My heritage gives me a perspective of both seeing from the outside in and the inside out as far as social groups. It’s also a point of strength and confidence seeing all that has happened and what’s going on right now. It gives me hope going forward of perseverance and the ability to shape a better world." - Kevin Hayes


 Olivia watkins

BHM Olivia Watkins

"Black History Month is a reminder to me that to get a fuller perspective on the world, I should seek out those under-shared narratives." - Olivia Watkins


 racquel jones

BHM Racquel Jones

"it would be fascinating if Black history month was used to showcase the perspective of Black Americans on the topics that are taught throughout the school curriculum. Ideally, the Black perspective could be more incorporated into the American history curriculum." -Racquel Jones


 olive jim-daniels

BHM Olive Jim-Daniels

"I identify as Nigerian American{...} When I moved here, I loved being able to interact with Black people of different backgrounds and felt a connection to the different stories they shared." -Olive Jim-Daniels


 suwaiba afonja

BHM Suwaiba Afonja

"Throughout my upbringing, I grew to appreciate the opportunities made available to me through the severe trials and tribulations Black Americans endured in this country. I use their strength as inspiration to make a positive contribution to this world in both my personal and professional life, with a specific focus on uplifting and supporting my brothers and sisters in my community." -Suwaiba Afonja

 


 black representation in quidditch

As part of Black History Month, we wanted to also share some of the results from our census taken last year.

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        Black_Rep_Quidditch_2 Black_Rep_Quidditch_3

*This data is representative of roughly 40 respondents who self-identifies ad Black, African American, or African. USQ recognizes this data may not fully represent the current makeup of the USQ community and are planning for more comprehensive censuses in the future.