Photo: Xavia Simmons a Communications in Journalism major at Suffolk Community College. Photo by Jacob Alvear
For students at Suffolk, Black History Month held many meanings.
Trenton Cockerl Patrick, a language major who has a combination of Jamaican, Native American and Irish heritage, said Black History Month “is just another reason why all blacks should come together and celebrate, work hard, and ultimately succeed greater because at the end of the day we all are one body.”
Kwabena Shine Jr., a business major who recently moved from Africa, Black History Month means that “the lives of black people are not taken for granted anymore and our ancestors’ struggle to victory are celebrated and appreciated.”
For Xavia Simmons, “To me it means showing our culture our excellence and what we as a culture bring to the table that table being America. Also, just embracing, which I believe at this time in history is extremely important….”
Simmons says she and her family tend to look at February as just another month in the year.
“We don’t have any traditions in particular; we just celebrate it by acknowledging the fact that it’s Black History Month. But generally, we celebrate it every month and by that I mean for us it’s every month. We tend to embrace it all year round.”
Business major Zach Aberg, who has German and Hungarian roots, likes to watch documentaries that shine light upon great black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
To Aberg, “Black History Month is an important month to recognize black history and black excellence. It is important to share cultures and understand each other’s history.”