Campus Life

UBSS continues annual Pan-African flag raising tradition

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, the Unified Black Students Society (UBSS) invited faculty and students to witness the raising of the Pan-African flag at the Arts and Sciences building circle. The program began with guest speaker Dr. Donnetrice C. Allison, a professor of Africana studies, who stressed the importance of Black History Month.

According to the World Economic Forum, Black history should “go beyond discussions of racism and slavery, and highlight Black leaders and accomplishments” (World Economic Forum, 2022). Countries such as the United Kingdom have adopted the tradition of having Black History Month as well. They have gone on to tailor Black history to their British history, honoring “African people’s contributions to the country” (World Economic Forum, 2022).

Dr. Allison addresses those gathered at the flag-raising event. Photo courtesy of Rachel Rolle.

In her speech, Allison referenced how the American educational system used to operate; “within the educational system, nationwide, nobody was learning about the contribution of people of African descent…what that suggested is that Black people had absolutely no contribution to the country, which is not true.”

Allison added, “In the Miseducation of the Negro, [Carter Godwin Goodson] talked about why [Black history was not a part of the curriculum] and why it was so important… because you limit a [group’s] progress… if you tell them if they are less than. If you suggest that they and their forefathers did nothing to contribute to what we so long called this great nation.” Allison emphasized, “know that this is important and powerful material…know that history is not a thing that is exclusive to white men.”

After Allison’s speech, Yamirah Williams sang the Black National Anthem along with professor of music Dr. Beverly Vaughn, who played the melody on the piano. “Lift Every Voice and Sing” symbolizes unity and hope; the lyrics, “Sing a song full of faith that the dark past has taught us,” urges those listening to not only overcome the past but to gain confidence for the future. Once Black Americans know their history, they can take pride and be reassured.

Upcoming Events During Black History Month:


The Two Spirit Social @10am

Location: Board of Trustees Room

Feb. 9

UBSS General Body Meeting @4:30pm

Location: C102

Feb. 14

Speed Dating @7pm

Location: Lakeside Lodge

Feb. 16

Why Race Still Matters @12:30pm

Location: Campus Center Event Room

Feb. 17

ASO Waist Beads Making @5:30pm

Location: Coffee House

Feb. 18

Just Mercy @8pm

Location: Campus Center Theatre

Feb. 22

Multicultural Center Ribbon Cutting @11:15am & Open House @4pm


“Black History Month: What is it and why do we need it?”