A Black history-themed trivia night, in celebration of Black History Month, will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Bennett Campus Center.
The Office of Intercultural Development (OID) and the Students Activities Board (SAB) have teamed up to coordinate a trivia night that will have students test their knowledge on certain events and people pertaining to Black history.
Candace Williams, director of Community Life over OID and student organizations, said she is excited to be working with SAB again this year after previously collaborating on numerous past events.
“We have traditionally partnered with Students Activities Board in the past for different cultural trivia nights and they’ve gone exceptionally well,” Williams said.
Previous collaborations between OID and SAB include Welcome to Our World Week and Hispanic Heritage Month.
“[Trivia Night] is a fun event that students already know about,” Williams said. “So, it’s very easy for [OID] to just use our cultural themes to kind of enhance the month but also allow students to be able to participate and have fun.”
Britany Gonzalez, a junior Law, Justice, and Society major from Memphis and OID Intern, has been helping with planning for the upcoming trivia night.
“Making it tailored to Black History Month, we’ll have questions that will not only be about the historical aspect of it but also a more modern sense to it,” Gonzalez said. This will include how black culture is influencing modern-day society.
Esteban Gonzalez, a junior graphic design major from Ensenada, Baja California, México, and OID intern, has also been part of the preparation. Part of his help includes putting together a small slideshow that presents Black people in history and shows their contributions to Black culture.
Esteban Gonzalez said he was previously unfamiliar with Black history, so he took the time to research for the event and became interested in what he learned. He is looking forward to sharing what he has learned about Black history and to continue educating people, including himself.
“It’s kind of cool that I’m putting all this together but it’s not just [others] learning. It’s also me learning,” he said. “It’s being a part of the experience in learning and educating myself.”
The upcoming trivia night is team-oriented and will have students make teams of four. After being given a question, teammates will need to work together using their knowledge of Black History. Whichever team answers the most questions correctly will win a prize.
Students will be able to sign their teams up prior to the event. However, If students are unable to find teammates to make groups of four, OID will help team students up together to participate.
“It’s just an opportunity for all of us to come together and appreciate this month of Black History,” Britany Gonzalez said.