The Creighton Intercultural Center kicked off Black History Month with its “Chalk and Talk” program on Feb. 5 over Zoom.
This program served as a space for students to celebrate and remember Black culture through the creative expression of chalkboard decorating, which they can later keep to serve as a cultural reminder.
In preparation for this event, the CIC provided participants with brand new chalkboards and markers that they could pick up in the CIC in advance to the Zoom call.
“Students get out what they put in,” said Curtis Taylor, assistant director of multicultural organizations and programming.
“[They] have the creative freedom around the prompts to go as deep as they’d like, or they can be guided to a specific prompt.”
Throughout the years, students have decorated chalkboards with their favorite quotes from inspirational Black leaders, various Black inventions, African tribal prints and even potential signs that may be held in a march.
“I liked that we could bond while doing something creative, being able to research and celebrate African American voices,” junior in the College of Arts and Sciences Caitlin Ceria said. “It was inspiring to read quotes that so many empowering strong women have said. It made me feel like I could take on anything that may come my way.”
In order to share in socially distanced fun like this, the CIC hosts this event during other affinity months and random days to allow students to partake in even more spontaneous creative expression.
“Students can use the materials at any time for a study break or an opportunity to create a program with [the CIC] for their friends/residents/student organization,” Curtis said.
Throughout the rest of Black History Month, Creighton will sponsor other events, including Creighton University African American Student Association’s annual Soul Food event, Creighton Law School’s viewing of the Netflix documentary “13th” and the CIC’s viewing and discussion of the documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson.”