Black History Month carries family theme

Tim Paluch

As Iowa State continues to focus on family issues, the College of Family and Consumer Sciences will be focusing on the importance of Black History Month.”Cultures do really blend together and this celebration focuses on that,” said Lee Ann Davis, FCS program coordinator.Davis said the first events for the college will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the LeBaron Hall lounge.Tabitha Williams, student coordinator and vice president of Minorities in FCS, said she hopes the month-long festivities will “enlighten people and give them a different perspective.””People will leave with an open mind and another view on where we come from and things that we do,” said Williams, senior in hotel and restaurant management.Meeks said the event will reach out to everyone, not just the black community.”It’s more important to the people who aren’t black,” she said. “It helps if you are African-American to reinforce your identity, but I think it is more important for the other people to understand the history and culture.”Davis said the celebration is about more than just focusing on black heritage, it is about the blending of cultures in America.”I think that the African-American heritage is really part of the United States heritage,” she said. “We are trying to make all events touch on the African-American heritage in an educational and entertaining way.”