SDSU celebrates Black History Month


Brina Sturm, Lifestyles Editor

UPDATE: The Multicultural Center has made a difficult decision to postpone the 19th Annual Black Student Alliance Step Show until further notice.

“While we know this is disappointing, we hope you understand that this step is being taken because of COVID-19 complications within the performance groups from out-of-state institutions. We are working diligently to secure a new date and time, which we will announce soon,” The Multicultural Center said.

February is Black History Month. A month of celebration, culture, pride, remembrance and culture. South Dakota State University’s Black Student Alliance is once again hosting an array of events which embrace tradition and diversity.

To kick off Black History Month, the Multicultural Center and BSA are hosting Washington, D.C. comedian Lafayette Wright Feb. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Jacks’ Place in the Student Union.

Wright is described as an “enigmatic loner offstage,” according to his management, Sophie K Entertainment. Wright has spent nearly a decade in the Washington, D.C. comedy scene and now splits his time between D.C. and New York City.  He has performed in multiple comedy shows including Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central show, “Hart of the City.”

Following Wright is the 19th annual BSA Step Show. “Stepping,” is a dance form which combines elements of military drills with contemporary Hip Hop moves, the Black Student Alliance said. Two energetic hosts and multiple Black Greek Letter organizations will be “tearing up the stage with their awesome talent.” This thrilling showcase is one of the highlights of SDSU’s Black History Month celebrations, so be sure to join the Multicultural Center and BSA in the Performing Arts Center this Saturday, Feb. 5, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for $7 at the door for students and $10 for all other adults.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Multicultural Center and BSA will be holding a CommUNITY meeting featuring Mohammed Soriano-Bilal. 

Soriano-Bilal is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant, a strategist, a poet and an award-winning producer of both music and film. Soriano-Bilal has directed the film, “Towards Excellence,” which explores diversity and equity at independent schools. The documentary takes a close look at the inequality in private schools in the ‘80s. 

Join Soriano-Bilal for an informative discussion about the 12 steps towards appreciating diversity from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. over Zoom or in the Lewis and Clark room located in the Student Union.

Nearing the end of Black History Month, the Multicultural Center will host their annual Soul Food Luncheon. Taste traditional soul foods and southern dishes Friday, Feb. 18, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Multicultural Center. This luncheon is a first-come first-serve event, so be sure to head over early to grab a bite.

To conclude Black History Month, BSA, the University Program Council and the Multicultural Center will be hosting a Black History Month Movie Night featuring the film “King Richard.”

Based on a true story, “King Richard” follows the uplifting journey of the family of Venus and Serena Williams. The family’s unwavering resolve and unconditional belief  ultimately delivers two of the world’s greatest sports legends. 

Join the Multicultural Center, BSA and UPC Feb. 25, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Market Stage in the Student Union to enjoy this inspirational film.