Black History Month events end tonight

Black History Month is coming to an end, and the Black Student Alliance plans to end a month of festivities with a bang. The closing ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in Cook Hall’s Anheuser-Busch Auditorium and ends with a candlelight vigil moving to the clock tower, where participants will reflect on black history. All students are welcome to attend.

“I think our month has been a success,” said Annette Jackson, activities chair of BSA. “We tried to incorporate all students in service, spiritual, educational and social activities in order to find some level of connection with each other.”

Some of the most successful events, Jackson said, were Talent Tuesday, where students had the opportunity to express themselves in front of their peers, and the Blood Drive, which brought students from all over campus. The keynote speaker, Michael Eric Dyson, also brought in a good-sized audience from all over the Saint Louis University community. “It was an enjoyable time for everyone who came,” Dyson said.

The Harambee Ball, held Friday, Feb. 22, was also successful. More than 50 people attended the prom-like event at the Hampton Inn, a good turnout for the first one of its kind, Jackson said. She also said she hopes it will expand in coming years.

The basketball tournament scheduled for the following morning had to be canceled because of low attendance and other University activities taking place that weekend. However, Jackson hopes to have it, or possibly a spades tournament, scheduled for the end of March.

“Tomorrow looks to be a good close to the month,” Jackson said. “The executive board will be reflecting on what the month means to us as we are celebrating a legacy.”

Future events BSA has planned include involvement in Spring Fever on April 5, a fashion show on April 13 and Billiken World Festival on April 26.