By Courtney Cole/ Delta Staff Writer

Black History Month gives African American students at Missouri Valley College the opportunity to celebrate their heritage this month and show how much it truly means to them. 

Cierra Deprisco, a sophomore cheerleader for Missouri Valley College said Black History Month means so much to her because it is the symbol of the world crashing and as African Americans they are fighting for their lives. Her ancestors fought hard for their freedom and it encourages her to strive hard. 

When it comes to her African American inspiration, Deprisco looks to Malcolm X. Her whole family is a big fan of the man and they show it by playing his movies to learn their history in a different way. He did what he had to do to make sure he made a change in history, she said. 

The month of February differs from another month because it is the time for African Americans to make a stand. As history has stated that they only get one month so they have to make it work and be the best that they can be. Deprisco’s favorite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” 

Katie Montini, a sophomore on the Missouri Valley College women’s lacrosse team, said to her as an education major Black History Month means all students should be able to be involved in the curriculum. This means African American students should learn about their history because it is important. 

As for an African American inspiration, Montini would choose Fanny Jackson Coppin, an African American educator who played a big role when it came to education in African American communities. As a result Coppin a difference in history and she was also the first African American principal.

“Black History Month should be more widely celebrated with more different types of people,” Montini said. “It takes everyone from all walks of life to make a difference.”

Margot Mirabal, Murrell Library Public Relations, Marketing, and Outreach Specialist, said Black History Month is inspiring, but it is not talked about enough. Regardless of anyone’s background, everyone should be constantly learning and growing based on the history that has occurred, not only during the month of February, she said. 

Mirabal feels it is everyone’s duty to continue to learn and celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their important role in the United States history and using the Murrell library is a way to educate people on black history.

The library’s exhibit focuses on African Americans who have had a positive impact on the world in areas such as science, technology, and many more subjects. The exhibit is located in the reading room of the Murrell Library and last year’s exhibit is displayed in the commons library.

These exhibits are open to students, staff and faculty throughout the whole month of February. There are also related books and a collection of African American DVDs. Mirabal’s favorite quote would be from Martin Luther King Jr, “The time is always right to do what is right.”