Celebrating Black History Month


Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:57 p.m.

For Jovana Bell, a University of Florida advertising major and graduating senior from Royal Palm Beach, planning for Black History Month has been one of the most painstaking yet rewarding experiences of her life.

Facts

3k walk is Saturday

As part of the Black Student Union's annual Black History Month celebration, a benefit 3K Walk is set for 8 a.m. Saturday. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the American Heart Association's Power to End Stroke campaign. Free food, refreshments, and entertainment will be provided for all participants immediately following the walk. Advanced individual registration is $10, and advanced team registration is $8 per person. For more information, send an e-mail to ufbhmwalk@gmail.com.

Black History Month celebrations at UF begin tonight with an opening ceremony at 7:00 in the Rion Ballroom.

And as the monthlong celebration's executive director on campus, Bell has played a key role in making it all come together.

Bell was in charge of sifting through applications for the committees that would plan Black History Month. She says she interviewed and selected the individuals she felt would work tirelessly in planning the month - hard-working teammates who would take pride in their responsibilities, she said.

Bell said she and the executive board of 16 members of the Black Student Union have been hard at work planning for 22 of the 29 events spanning Black History Month.

As a result, Bell said, the celebration will involve celebrating black culture each day of February in a series of ceremonies, guest speakers, forums and talent shows, among other events.

The toughest part for Bell, she said, has been "dealing with different personality types."

"Some I can leave on their own but others have to be monitored," she said. "But overall I love my staff."

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