Kicking Off Black History Month

Celebrating the culture and spirit of Black History Month

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Kean P.U.L.S.E. hosted the Black History Kickoff event via YouTube on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 that was filled to the brim with performances, dance and informative ceremonies centered around African-American culture.

Khali Raymond, Staff Writer

On Thursday, Feb. 1, Kean P.U.L.S.E. held its Black History Month Kickoff via YouTube to honor the culture and achievements of people of African descent. Spoken word, dances, singing and other festivities were displayed in this program.

The event premiered live from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. where viewers had the opportunity to watch it in full.


A panorama of the Dr. Martin Luther King Reflection Garden in the Human Rights Institute was shown at the beginning of the video, honoring the late civil rights leader.

"Black men and women have continued to strive for greatness by breaking down barriers that seemed impossible to overcome," said Chelsea Leon, vice president of programming for Student Organization.

Going into her speech, Leon elaborated further on the significance of Black History Month.

"Our ancestors will be proud to see a generation filled with so much poise and success," continued Leon. "Our historical roots in Africa should continue to be honored, not only during this month but every day of the year."

After Chelsea's remarks, the raising of the Pan-African flag commenced by Mekhia Baker and Arienne Sauvignon Howard, members of the National Council of Negro Women.


President Lamont Repollet gave a few words after the flag was raised.

"Since 1976, we have celebrated Black History Month as a nation," Repollet mentioned.

Continuing, Repollet said: "I am grateful for the opportunity for all of us to come together to reflect on the history, rich culture, achievements and profound influences of black Americans in our country."

Performances began with the Black National Anthem, cultural dances, choir singing and spoken word performances by current student Jordan Johnson and Kean alumnus Shawn Lawson.

Kean Programming for Unique and Lively Student Experience (P.U.L.S.E.) is an organization led entirely by students dedicated to building community and involvement within the student body at the university. Through its events and various programming, P.U.L.S.E helps students make a difference and take charge.

More information about Kean P.U.L.S.E. can be found on Cougar Link. Any questions, comments and concerns can be delegated to their Instagram at @KeanPULSE.

about the author

Khali Raymond, Staff Writer


Khali Raymond is a senior majoring in English with a writing concentration. He attained his associate's in business administration from Berkeley College - Newark in 2019. In addition to his work as a staff writer, he is also a published author, spoken word artist, musician, activist and is the president of Kean Got Talent, a performing arts club on campus. Khali uses his creativity to overcome all adversity and impact the lives of those around him.