Observing Black History Month is an opportunity for greater learning and understanding by people of all races.
Thanks to Lincoln University, Jefferson City has unique opportunities to take part in the month-long event.
As one of our nation's historically black colleges and universities, LU is offering a Black History Month event each day during the month of February.
As we reported Wednesday, that includes a dance class, hair care expo, discussion series, trivia night, theater performance trip and voter registration.
Each day in February, a new man will be featured in the "Heroes of the Hilltop: The Men of Lincoln" exhibit on the main floor of the Inman E. Page Library.
The exhibit is a sequel to last year's "Legendary Ladies of Lincoln." Heroes of the Hilltop will highlight "proud gentlemen who have made contributions to the legacy of Lincoln University for the past 154 years" — men who've come from a variety of backgrounds, professions and interests. The exhibit is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The "Ask a Black Man" discussion series is scheduled to be 6-7 p.m. in the library's Room 100 on Wednesday and Feb. 26.
The series will feature a different professional African American man each evening, who will speak about his life and personal travels. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
More information about LU's scheduled Black History Month events is available at www.lincolnu.edu/web/advancement/news-and-events/-/blogs/black-history-month-calendar?_33_redirect=%2Fweb%2Fadvancement%2Fnews-and-events, where the university's events calendar for the month is displayed.
Since the end of slavery, blacks have continued to fight to improve their educational opportunities as well as their social and economic statuses. And they have. Likewise, race relations have improved. Still, racism persists in some parts of our society, and there's a disconnect between the races in other parts.
Events like the ones LU is holding this month shouldn't just be preaching to the choir, they should be seen as an olive branch to help bridge such disconnects.