MISHAWAKA--The month of February is designated as Black History Month in the United States of America, and Bethel traditionally hosts events highlighting topics pertaining to what has happened and what is happening in different ethnically Black backgrounds. The goal is to come together as one and learn about each other and ways that we can continue to serve God and make everyone feel accepted no matter who they are.
The diversity and inclusion team has come together and planned events throughout the month for anyone to attend and help create community within Bethel’s campus. Coordinator of the Field Scholar Program Lifase Bilima stressed the importance of everyone learning more about Black history.
“Black history is part of American history,” Bilima said.
The team wants to create a space to enjoy each other’s company but also a time to learn something new or the importance of events in history. This year there are chapel speakers, a movie night, a jazz event and a time for people to learn about Quilt codes used in the Underground Railroad.
On Feb. 6, Pastor YPJ Miller spoke in chapel. On Saturday, Feb. 18, there will be Jazz Music in the Dining Commons from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a jazz concert in the Everest-Rohrer Auditorium at 7:30. Monday, Feb. 20, guest speaker Sharon Tindall will be sharing in chapel and teaching how to make quilt codes directly following. There will also be a movie night on Tuesday, Feb. 21, with free chipotle for the first 50 attendees. The final event of the month currently planned is a "Black Theology Is Theology” workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. in AC415. Chapel credit is being offered for this event.
Be sure to keep an eye out for posters and announcements throughout the month as a reminder of upcoming events!