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Every year in February, Black History Month highlights the influence and importance of Black culture and celebrates the achievements of individuals throughout history. At Saint Peter’s University, a variety of events including workshops, art shows, poetry slams and more will be held throughout the month.

On Thursday February 25, the Black Action Committee, Student Entertainment Board and Kappa Pi are leading their first virtual art exhibition, the “Black Out Art Show,” to celebrate Black History Month. The exhibition will begin at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

Fatima Camara, junior and president of the Black Action Committee, says planning for the event began at the end of January. Since the event is completely virtual, the participating student-led groups faced some new challenges. 

“This year's art exhibition is at a much larger scale from the previous year’s, and [planning] was as stressful as any event, but we all held our own and did the best we could with what we were given,” said Camara.

Students and staff of all backgrounds were invited to participate in the exhibition. Art honoring Black History Month through various mediums will be on display. This includes artwork, poems, letters, paintings, sculptures, dances, songs and more. 

This year, the art show will also be featuring an optional competition with the prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. 

For those who are not submitting artwork or participating in the competition but wish to join the virtual art exhibition, a link for the show will be sent out to everyone via email.

“I have high hopes for the amount of guests joining the event!” said Camara.

For more details on the “Black Out Art Show,” check out the official Instagram page of The Black Action Committee, @bacspu.

To stay informed on other upcoming events at Saint Peter’s University, check out the official Instagram page of the Student Entertainment Board, @sebnation_.

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