Although February is the shortest month of the year, it is jammed-packed with holidays, national events and various celebrations that are looked forward to by many.
The Super Bowl, Groundhog Day, Presidents’ Day, Valentine’s and the beloved Louisianian Mardi Gras all fall under the realm of February.
In addition to these, February is also national Black History Month, but with all the commotion, of more prominent festivities its celebration can go unnoticed.
A group of Tech students has set out to bring recognition to the month’s historic value through fashion.
Sha’nesha Richardson, Breanna Jones and Kywonna Drake are initiating 28 Days of Black, a social movement to honor Black History Month.
Drake, a senior English major, came up with the idea of the celebration.
“I didn’t want to do anything that took a lot of effort or planning that would deter me from my other obligations,” Drake said. “That’s when I came up with the idea just to wear black every day of February. Then Breanna suggested making it into a mini movement by promoting it on social networks while sitting around chatting with friends.”
Richardson, a junior psychology major, came up with the name to token the celebration.
“We wanted something catchy that people could easily hashtag on social networks” Richardson said. “28 Days of Black was simple enough so we just ran with the idea from there.”
The three girls began to flood social networks like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with pictures and artwork promoting their movement.
Their effort began to gain attention and they began to get comments and messages from other students interested in joining the movement.
“It didn’t take long for other people to take interest.” Drake said. “I think people were so eager to participate because when you are a black student at predominately white institution, there is a very limited amount of occasions that recognize, let alone celebrate, black heritage.
The simplicity of the movement draws in participants and its attributes keep them intrigued, Drake said.
Kennedy Jones, a junior biology major, plans on participating in the 28 Days of Black movement.
“When I saw the post on Facebook, it sparked my interest,” he said. “Usually Black History Month comes and goes and nobody bats an eye around here. In grade school, we celebrated by learning about positive black figures who left their marks on history. 28 Days of Black puts an interesting twist on the celebration and lets us express our own tribute to Black History Month.”
Jones, a senior accounting major whose idea it was to make the movement viral, said the movement is more than a fashion statement.
“28 Days of Black is more than just wearing black clothes,” Jones said. “It’s about paying homage and tribute to blacks who paved the way, endured the struggle and made the sacrifices so that other blacks could be where we are today. By wearing the black, we are simply saying that we haven’t forgotten what they’ve done and we appreciate their efforts.”
All anyone has to do is wear black during February to join the movement.
“The movement is very simple,” Drake said. “You don’t have to wear all black every day. As long as your predominant outfit colors are black and you use the 28 Days of Black hashtag, you’re down with the cause.”
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