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Celebrating Black History: Texas Tech admins push students to learn about their past

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Black history is not just American history, but world history, according to Texas Tech administrators.

"Black History Month is not just about what has happened, but realizing we all are making history, that we right now are writing history that others will read about and learn about later," Cory Powell, director within the Office of Institutional Diversity at Texas Tech, said.

This month is a time to highlight not just the well-known, but the unsung heroes of the past, Powell said, and to share the importance of everyone's impact.

"Black history's story is about impact," he said. "Despite being somewhat denigrated or demeaned in the past and the unfortunate parts of the history, which is a true part of the journey, we cannot just focus on that part. We have to talk about what happened as result of it, but also, what's the impact since then."

There are many black pioneers who paved the way for others, Nefertiti Beck, director of the Student Intersectional Leadership Council, said.

"It's an important time to commemorate them and celebrate the legacy that they've left for us, and it provides us an opportunity and a road map to move forward," Beck said.

Commemorating these figures is especially important to show young people they too can overcome anything, Beck said.

"It provides them a role model," she said. "'This person did this, I can do it too. I can't sit on my legacy and be dormant and complacent, I need to tap into what my ancestors did and move forward and progress.'"

Powell said black people have led the way in innovation and invention over the years, but there is still a lot left to do.

"Helping our students connect and our young people connect with their history helps them understand the responsibility they have towards destiny," he said. "If we're always looking back, we'll never go forward...so knowing where you've come from helps you, serves as fuel for you."

Multiple student organizations and departments at Tech are hosting events throughout the month, honoring and teaching the black global experience. For a full list, click here.

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