Black History Month calls for Jeopardy

Who was the first woman to refuse to give up her seat on the bus? Who was Bayard Rustin? These questions and more were answered at Black History Jeopardy with the African Student Association Friday. 

Zoe Gorah, the president of the ASA, said, “We did it because we wanted to have an event where we could  celebrate some of the history monuments, the heroes, some freedom fighters that have come before us, and make it a game, make it fun, and also make it a knowledge fueled game station.”

With two groups of about 10 people each, attendees played jeopardy while enjoying free snacks and hot cocoa. The game was enjoyed by all, as all attendees participated in the game.

Gorah also said “One of the things we help to accomplish in the African Student Association is to have everyone attend, anyone. We always have it on our social media or when we put it online that everybody’s welcome, but we always felt like it’s only the African students or the black students that ever come to our events, but that’s not really who we are catered to as we are also trying to teach people, assure people, and have people experience what African culture is. And so, I think it would have been more fun if more people, who are not just African students, had shown up.”

“The ASA, we are a group of international students or students with African roots who want to basically keep that African community alive on campus. But we want to keep it alive through expressing our culture, through sharing our culture, sharing our food, our experiences, and, we also want to be the first people that students can turn to if they need any help, especially African international students because sometimes, there’s all this information around, but, no one really-it’s really hard to know everything that goes on at school, and so we’re there to support the African students as well. If they have any immigration questions they can come to us and they’re there, they’re right there, if they have any mental health questions, we can direct them because we have a list of all the resources that they need. So, we’re there to support African students, but to teach MSU as a whole about African culture and to include them in some of our practices and stuff, if they want to,” She finished.

If you would like to learn more about the ASA, keep an eye out for events or stop by CSU 264 and 269. The next event held by the ASA will be a Lip Sync Battle on February 16th, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Write to Ellie Meschke at eleanor.meschke@my.normandale.edu

Header Photo: The African Student Association hosted Black History Jeapardy in celebration of February as Black History Month Friday. (Nate Tilahun/The Reporter)

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