SGA Host Black History Month Balloon Release

By Merrell Miles
Staff Writer

MONTICELLO – The University of Arkansas-Monticello’s Student Government Association hosted a Black History Month Balloon Release Ceremony Thursday, Feb. 26. The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24, but it was rescheduled due to the recent snow and ice.

tv_News 10dbThe event, which was hosted in the University Center Green Room, involved Greek Organizations. Many sororities and fraternities chose monumental African American figures, then briefly described their achievements. Phi Lamba Chi’s Payton Miller mentioned Nelson Mandela, and Kappa Alpha Order’s Shane Bostian discussed Jackie Robinson.

In response to the event, a junior Exercise Science major, Aliyah Kennedy, stated, “It’s very educational. They talked about some lesser known African Americans who still made a contribution.”

Jeremy Hayes, a junior Nursing major, said, “I think it was really beneficial because it raised awareness.”

Following the speeches in the Green Room, the ceremony moved outdoors to the University Center Plaza where students, staff, and community members released over two hundred biodegradable balloons in honor of Black History Month.

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