Saint Mary’s organizations host Black History Month events

first_imgGina Twardosz | The Observer Junior Healy Keenan gave a presentation on the contributions of black women throughout history as part of the College’s History Club’s Black History Month programming.“When I grew up, I took AP U.S. History and talking about slavery took a week, max,” she said. “We’d breeze through it like it was nobody’s business. And I didn’t understand why — maybe it’s a difficult discussion from the educator side or maybe people just didn’t care enough to have the discussion. But we’re going to have these discussions now during Black History Month and make it a spectacle — we want you to see just how important these people are to American history because they affect our lives today.”Simpson said Black History Month is a celebration of those who struggled to advance the rights of black people in America.  “The reality is that we get to celebrate those who came before us and have done so much to pave the way because they didn’t have the same rights as we do now,” she said. Kwapong emphasized that the struggles of black individuals are not over just because Black History Month has become mainstream in popular culture.  “I think it’s important to take into consideration that a lot of people think racism is dead or that injustice was so long ago,” she said. “Racism is a systematic thing and it doesn’t change just because it’s 2020.”In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Association hosted a trivia night Monday evening in Regina Hall. The questions were full of history about the achievements of black people and the contributions they have made to American society. Sophomore Akpedze Balo, who serves as treasurer for the Black Student Association, said that she planned for the trivia night to educate students about black scholars.“I’m really focused on black intellectuals or scholars and scientists that people may not know at all because our history and textbooks are almost all whitewashed of all these famous people,” Balo said. “There are all these black people who have had great contributions to our intellectual thought within society — but not many people know about them.”Kwapong said she feels these events are relevant because even though Black History Month has become popular, many who do not take part in the celebration of black history during February remain ignorant about the issues affecting black people in America. “People who don’t show up to events during Black History Month are not getting educated, so I feel that we should continue to host these events during Black History Month until people start to educate themselves on black history,” she said.  On the other side of campus, history club hosted its own event Monday evening in honor of Black History Month. Junior Healy Keenan presented on the contributions of black women in Spes Unica Hall in order to educate and empower the students of Saint Mary’s.“This was actually inspired by a rector at Fisher Hall who pointed out to me that black women aren’t really known for their accomplishments as we often study black men during Black History Month, so I figured it would be a good idea to represent black women in history,” she said. “I’ll be talking about the first established poet, the first nurse, the first college graduate, the first fastest women in the world and the first bank president.”Because women are often removed from the historical narrative, Keenan said that through this presentation on representation, she wants to remind students they have the ability to do anything, despite the challenges and obstacles they may face. “I want students to take away from the presentation that we, women, are empowered and we can do anything we set our mind to through passion,” Keenan said. Ferry said that students who study history have a responsibility to advocate for the teaching of black history and the black experience. “It’s the historian’s job to listen and record the stories of underrepresented groups and make them known,” she said. Senior Mary Stechschulte, secretary of History Club, said that as an education major, she said celebrating black history is an important way to facilitate discussions between black people and white people. “History is so whitewashed — I want my students to see history as something that represents them as well,” she said. “Not a lot of schools really talk about non-European history, so I think having events where we really do focus on the history of black people is important because a lot of the time their historical contributions are skipped over.”  Representing black people accurately in the classroom is also a crucial part of being an educator, Stechschulte said.   “I’ve taught history to fifth graders who are black and showed them black historical figures and they’ll tell me that that’s the first time they’ve seen someone from history who looks like them,” she said.  The takeaway from all these events, Simpson said, is that all people are encouraged to educate themselves on black history, regardless of their race. “We want people who aren’t black to show up to Black Student Association events because these conversations must happen and must continue to happen,” she said. “Come out to our events because we want to share our knowledge with you and socialize with you and engage in conversation and dialogue. Whether you agree or not, we understand that there are different perspectives in the world, that maybe you didn’t understand something then but you do now — if anything, you can learn.”Tags: Black History Month, culture, history, society Black History Month is an important time to celebrate the achievements of black people while adding to a renewed sense of visibility and awareness for the black experience in America. Two Saint Mary’s organizations, the Black Student Association and the History Club, held events on Monday night to celebrate the historical and cultural contributions black people have made throughout history. History club president and senior Elizabeth Ferry said that while Black History Month is important, there should be a celebration of black achievement every day. “We should be amplifying black stories all year round,” she said. “But using February to focus on the contributions of black people and get their stories out there is really important.” The concept of a single month being devoted to black history has been debated for years. Junior Jazzlyn Kwapong said that while black history should be integrated with other U.S. history teachings, Black History Month forces all Americans to focus on the contributions of black Americans until they become as well known as those contributions from white Americans. Senior Hannah Simpson, president of the Black Student Association, said she feels that Black History Month is crucial, especially since the history classes she took in high school barely covered history pertinent to the black experience like slavery or the Civil Rights Movement.last_img read more

Young. Međimurje. – an excellent project of young Međimurje winemakers

first_imgThe second generation of famous Međimurje wine families joined forces through the project “Young. Međimurje ”together and with the help of the tourist boards of northwestern Croatia present young wines to distributors and customers throughout Lijepa naša.In this way, they joined the wine regions of the world, especially those in Austria and Germany where selected young, bottled wines are offered on the market only two to three months after harvest. Apart from the promotion of wines specific for their freshness and flutter, the reasons are also of an economic nature: once upon a time, young wines were not taxed! In addition to tourist and gastronomic contents, Međimurje is increasingly appearing on the recommended wine lists of Croatia.Međimurje wine region (photo by Rene Karaman)Along with the most famous young (red) wine that traditionally opens on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais new of the variety white gamay black te Portuguese which has taken root in our country as a young wine, this year the wine lovers of white varieties have come into their own. Exceptional potential of rhizome (Müller-Thurgau), Chardonnay, green silvano, Pinot Noir, a yellow man and of course Sauvignon for which sommeliers emphasize that in Međimurje is one of the best in the world is already visible in the wines of six young winemakers from Međimurje!Cmrečnjak, Dvanajščak – Kozol, Kocijan, Rabbit, Preiner i Typo are wine families who have embarked on this commendable endeavor and instead of being fierce competition, they exchange experiences and jointly promote their products, young, fluttering, drinkable and refreshing wines with a common label. “YOUNG.”On all labels.On average, they individually own about ten hectares (the Cmrečnjak family stands out with about 20 hectares under plantations) and mostly grow indigenous varieties, of which it has recently come to the fore. pušipel for which a bottle was even specially made and designed, which raised the level of branding of the variety and wine to a higher level. The authors of these young wines are – on occasion – young winemakers(!) i winemakers, under thirty, and another interesting thing is the youngest sommelier: Tea Dvanajščak passed the sommelier exam at just sixteen!Young Međimurje wines (photo by Rene Karaman)Young wines are fresh, usually with a lower concentration of sulfur and lower alcohols, but the specialty of Međimurje (young) wines is a pronounced aroma and minerality, a characteristic due to specific vineyard positions, and the temperament of young winemakers is best bottled and like a good the spirit can’t wait to tickle the taster’s palate. These wines are sealed in bottles under controlled conditions with a threaded stelvin stopper that guarantees freshness and purity.And finally – the price of these wines is more than acceptable, and the quality is unquestionable according to one of the eminent sommelier Siniša Lasan!last_img read more

Ghana hold nerve to pip Nigeria in T20 thriller

first_imgThe Black Sticks of Ghana hold all the aces in the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier A in Lagos, after they outlasted hosts Nigeria in a thrilling clash at the Tafawa Balewa Square Cricket Oval on Tuesday.Nigeria only managed to score 119 for eight in their 20 overs.Oladotun Olatunji gave his side something to bowl at, with an aggressive 46 off just 30 balls, while the top order fell around him.His skipper, Chilezie Onwuzulike was again in the runs, chipping in with a much-needed 33 from 29 balls.But, they were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the home side caved in badly.David Ankrah was the destroyer in chief, claiming three for 14 in four nagging overs. In pursuit of 120, Ghana took their time. Opener James Vifah struck a well-paced 32, to set the platform, before the on-song Simon Ateak finished with a nerveless 50 not out, to get them over the line with a ball to spare.In the earlier contest, Sierra Leone also had a successful chase, as they reined in the paltry total of 87 all out that The Gambia offered.Only Mbye Dumbuya made any headway with the bat, as The Gambian skipper made 20. The next highest contributor was the extras column of 18, supplemented by 13 wides.The target was a straightforward one for Sierra Leone, and they got home inside 13 overs.Abubakarr Kamara (26 not out), Ibrahim Mansaray (25) and Yegbeh Jalloh (20 not out) were all amongst the runs, as Sierra Leone opened their account. The second round of fixtures will now take place, starting on Wednesday. The Gambia play Ghana in the morning while Nigeria face Sierra Leone in the afternoon.Follow all the action live through here https://www.icc-cricket.com/live-cricket/liveThe fixtures and more information for the tournament can be accessed here https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-t20/Points Table  TeamPlayedWonLostTied No ResultPointsNRRGhana3 30006 1,537Nigeria3210042,184Sierra Leone312002-1,161The Gambia303000-2,907last_img read more