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Thursday May 19th

BSM Month Aims for Awareness

Carmen Scott, an executive assistant for the BSM, said more events have been planned for this year's BSM Month than any previous year's. Scott said each event is sponsored by either a BSM subgroup or committee.

One of the most anticipated events of the month is the 51st Year of Integration Ceremony, Scott said. She said the BSM has contacted some of the University's first black students to speak about their experiences and history at UNC. The event will be held Nov. 30.

Scott said several student dance groups also are scheduled to perform during BSM Month. Mezmerhythm and Sacrifice of Praise are scheduled to dance at the Opeyo! Dance Xplosion on Nov. 7.

She said one of the main goals of BSM Month is to raise awareness of cultural and political issues that concern the group. "The main theme is to make people aware there is a black student movement on campus," Scott said.

BSM subgroup coordinator Jeremy Moore said another important event of BSM Month is the UNC Gospel Choir Concert. The concert will feature student groups Psalm 100 and Vision. Choirs from local churches also are scheduled to perform. The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Great Hall of the Student Union.

"It's (the gospel choir's) 30th anniversary," Moore said. "They're really pumped and organized."

Moore said the concert has had a high level of attendance because it is held during the Black Alumni Reunion. He also said attendance has been high because church and family members come to see the performance. "It's always packed out," Moore said. "It's just a really big thing."

Erin Davis, co-chairwoman of the Freshman Class Committee of the BSM, said the FCC also is sponsoring a talent show and a hip-hop forum discussion.

Davis said BSM Month is a good way for freshmen to participate at the University. "For me, being involved was a way to embrace my culture and to get involved on campus."

Moore said BSM Month also is an opportunity for other campus organizations to feel like part of the Black Student Movement. He said part of the BSM's motto is to provide an outlet for black ideals and culture.

"I want everyone to feel like they are part of a bigger family," Moore said. "They are a big part of our success as an organization."

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