Black History Month Celebrated at Trinity

During the month of February, the Trinity community was welcomed to celebrate and enjoy a multitude of Black History Month activities, many hosted by the Black Student Union (BSU). This year included new events like the BSU Kick Back night, which offered a space to kick back, relax, and play games with friends, as well as new listening sessions each Monday morning that invited the Trinity community to enjoy refreshments while listening to the reading of excerpts from the work of Black authors.

In conjunction with Trinity Athletics, BSU hosted an R&B Night and a Blackout Night at the men’s and women’s basketball games throughout the month. These events included pizza for the students who attended and a performance by a local dance company. The BSU also held its annual Black Excellence Dinner, a formal event for students celebrating Black Heritage.

During the spring chapel series, students were challenged throughout the month of February to look to the book of John for inspiration to share their faith, fully surrender to Christ, and lean into the confidence that Christ offers us. Christian Perry ’16 shared a message at chapel on February 16th that looked at how we are called to live humbly, in unity with one another in maturity, as was instructed to followers of Christ in Ephesians 4:1-7.

Faculty and staff were encouraged to enjoy a mid-month Mosaic event featuring Dr. Dennis Edwards, Vice President for Church Relations and Dean of Seminary at North Park, as its main speaker. Dr. Edwards shared his diverse experiences as a church planter and pastor in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C.

Trinity’s annual Gospel Fest, sponsored by the Music Department, is always a popular event for students and the community to look forward to each year. Trinity’s own Gospel Choir was featured alongside other performances from students, faculty, and staff of the College. This year’s event included guest artists and focused on calling the community together to worship God as one body.

This year’s annual Black History Month Lecture was held in the Grand Lobby and was attended by faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.  This year’s speaker was Trinity Professor of History and Department Chair, Dr. David Brodnax, Sr.  Dr. Brodnax has been a faculty member since 2008.  The title of his talk was “‘As the Spirit Gave Them Ability’: A Brief History of African American Pentecostalism.”  The Black History Month Lecture was sponsored by Academic Affairs and the History Department.

Each year, Trinity looks forward to celebrating Black History Month and sharing the many God-given gifts of our students, dedicated faculty, and staff. To learn more about upcoming events at Trinity, click here.