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.