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Dayton LeBlanc • February 4, 2021

Hello, Mean Green Family! My name is Dayton Leblanc and I am a member of the football team. I am set to graduate in the fall with a bachelors degree in Sociology.

Black History Month is a very important time that plays a major role in my family and our community. The recognition of Black History Month initially started out as a one week celebration in February, known as “Negro History Week”. It was founded by an Omega Psi Phi member, Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson’s spent most of his time as an activist and promoted positive images of African-Americans in the early 1900s. His actions were a pivotal factor in my father’s and I decision to join Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Black History Month is important to the African-American community because it encourages us as a people to take time out of our day and reflect on our history, all that we have endured and continue to work through in a more positive manner. We as a country still have a lot to continue to work toward for growth within ourselves and our country.

The Black Community has such a rich history that is easily overlooked and left untold. If we do not seek to know our own history, we are easily duped into believing untruths!

#BlackLivesMatter #ΩΨΦ

Dayton LeBlanc • Football

A symbol of recognition

Lauryn McCollum • February 2, 2021

Lauryn McCollum, senior track and field student-athlete, shares her thoughts on Black History Month.

Black History Month to me is a symbol of recognition for my ancestors that came before me. A celebration of our evolution and continuous impact on the world. A time for us as a Black community to not only rejoice in our culture and achievements, but to also correct and educate the uneducated if need be. Black History Month is a beacon of solidarity and progress, a moment to highlight what my people have done for the backbone of society.

This month is not the only time that my people uplift one another and those before us, and it shouldn’t be the only time that others do either. This month should be a time for others to grow inspired, curious, and intrigued by our resilience, strength, and power, enough to educate themselves on our history.

Lauryn McCollum • Track & Field

Thoughts on black history month

Zion hill • February 1, 2021

To the UNT Community,

My name is Zion Hill, and I'm a junior at North Texas. As today marks the first day of Black History Month, I have a few thoughts on what this day means to me.

For me, Black History Month is a time where I see needed consolidated attention placed on understanding the struggles of people who are of African descent, which predominantly occurred before my time, giving insight on the world today. Though it is evident some of these issues still [persist], Black History Month puts things in perspective for me, to the point where I cannot take the progress made for granted. The fact that we have come so far and there is still so much that needs to change emphasizes the need for such a month, especially for younger generations.

Zion Hill • Track & Field