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The Bennett banner : bulletin of Bennett College for Women. online resource (None) 193?-current, February 23, 1996, Image 3

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3 • BENNETT BANNER • FEBRUARY 23, 1996 OP-ED What does Black History Month mean to you? In the last issue (Feb. 9) The Bennett Banner, asked students to submit an essay on What Black History Month Means. This is one of the re sponses received. 6 Belles Continued from Page 1 Accwding to one of the win ners, Cobbs, the students used their experiences from Bennett's campus as a model of their topic. “We wanted to study the implications of this experiment as itrelated to intra- racial relations.” During the presentaticm, the students set up apanel in which each person discussed her re search findings. At the end, the audience interacted in a ques tion/answer period. “God showed up and showedout, and weleftBennett unprepared and came back with the victory,” Hubbard said. Bennett was one of 20 schools represented at the con ference. Histwy professors Dr. Johnson Adefila andMillicent Brown, accompanied the stu dents to the conference. Oops, Here it is A story published in the Dec. 15 issue of Banner did not Include the fact that Michelle Gaillaird a senior elementary education major from Boston, was also a recipient of the Bryant Gumble and Walt Disney Scholar ship from UNCF along with Tia Smith. The scholarship Is worth $5,000. Candace White, Junior Biology (IMARC) Major Mount Holly, NJ As with many rhetorical questions, this one is subjected to careful scrutiny, because it has as many intrapretations as there are stars in the ever-ex panding universe. This month is one of great jubilation. We can take pride in the milestones conquered by our past an cestors. We can take pride in our race with rich and vibrant skin tones ranging from French vanilla to butter-pecan to chocolate royale. We can also take pride in having the destiny to succeed, despite the obstacles positioned against us. However, it is most unfor tunate that mankind gives trib ute to certain things with com mercial holidays and customs. We celebrate Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving, and last, but not least. Black His tory Month. I think, that all too often, we get caught up in the moment and forget the signifi cance of the real message. Dec. 25 was the day that a very important man was placed cm earth to even tually die for our sins through pub lic crucifixion. We purchase flowers and candy for those we supposedly care about on Feb. 14, but shouldn’t we show them our feelings 365 days out of the year? During this month, we bask in the glory of our Black heri tage. This is only possible, because of all the contributions and sacri fices that were made by our an cestors. This pride and sense of identity and self is not something to be treasured for the moment. only to be discarded later. Black History is the very backbone that defines who we are. Does this mean that after the month passes by, that we stand to lose our identity? Does our sense of self lose any mranentum? Not. These questions are so impor tant to acknowledge and answer. We should celebrate the event of being Black. We should draw strength from the roots of our past and find renewal in the blessings rained down upon us by God, in ordCT to yield the ripest fruit for tomor row. This yield will encompass faith, power, hope, dignity, beauty, and wisdom for those that come after us. The ultimate accomplishment is the progress made possible through the collective efforts of every man, woman, and child that chooses to revel in t^ their Black heritage. Think you’re pregnant? We can help. Free Pregnancy Teat .^GPCCp f^GRUEN.SBOROk. «f^l>RKGNANCYt ^ .c A R H r K N T K R*" CnII for an appoinlmcnL 274-4881 ^11 jscrviccfi nrc fire nnd coiilidcniini 917 Noilli t:im 6Lircl * Prcpnancy Inrormation & Assistance ^ Abortion/Adoption Infonnalion * Mcilical. Housing. & Legal Referrals * Post Abortion Counseling * Family & Male Support For All Your Pharmacutical Needs SAMPSONS' PHARMACY 1502 E. Market St. Greensboro. N.C. 27401 Phone Bus. (910) 272-3131 &3132 Home: (910) 697-1220 ROBERT R. SAMPSON, R, Ph. "Serving The Community" G&S ASSOCIATES SUITE 15.04 EAST MARKET ST. GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA 27401 JAMES K. GRIPPER, Ph.D licensed Behavioral Consultant MYRTLE B. SAMPSON, Ed.,Ph.D. Licensed Behavioral Consultant Office Hours By Appointment Phone (910) 272-1237 EMERGENCY HIGH POINT (910) 886-4632 EMERGENCY GREENSBORO (910) 697-1220 ^Serving Tlie Community'

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