Black History Month has been a staple in American education since its first federally recognized observance in 1976. It has since gone on to be observed and celebrated in Canada, the UK, and Ireland, though in the two latter countries it is observed in October as opposed to February. President Gerald Ford, in his recognition of Black History Month, stated that it provided an “Opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
After a one-year hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic, Help Portrait event returned this weekend to provide free pictures for families and individuals in the Bristol area. This year marked the tenth annual Help Portrait event that the Art & Design Club at King University has hosted, which took portraits of ten families, a total of twenty-seven people, and two dogs. The event was careful to follow current local covid-19 guidelines, masks were provided for any volunteer or attendee that wanted them, and the waiting area was socially distanced. Though the number of people that attended the event was less than in past years, the impact on the community was not diminished.
If you think back to your first campus visit tour, the student leading it very well could have been a King President’s Society (KPS) member! KPS is a group of students nominated by faculty who focus on social relations with the community and helping within admissions. Their role is to embody King’s values and help to introduce those values and the community to prospective students looking to enroll here at King.
Kendall Morrison was elected as the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) last spring and has based a large part of her platform on bringing together the King and Bristol communities. One of the projects that she is organizing is King’s participation in an Angel Tree program this coming winter. The program anonymously gifts Christmas presents to families in need. Morrison notes, “My biggest goal is to help King become more involved in the community, rather than just being another college that brings students to town.”
With the 2020-21 school year coming to a close the Student Government Association (SGA) is dusting off the ballot boxes, ready to start the next campaign season. The current administration, led by SGA president Harrison Barger, is accepting applications for the next President and Vice President.
Elected the President of Women in STEM in the Spring of 2020, Alex Svetlik took the lead of the largest club on campus at a chaotic time in King’s history. Despite some of the technical challenges that clubs, and other social organizations have faced, Svetlik has kept Women in STEM active both on campus and in the Bristol community.
Over the summer, we saw massive public outcry to put an end to police brutality. These demonstrations across the country, and the globe, were, on the surface, in response to the murder of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin in Minnesota. But really, these demonstrations were a response to the systematic mistreatment and abuse of Black Americans and people of color in general by individuals who are appointed to protect and serve but instead are doing the exact opposite.
On November 23, the Digital Media Art & Design program held their annual Help Portrait event in the Bristol Public Library. Each year they provide high quality photos to families who may not be able to afford them. Many of the families who come have come consistently for several years, and often look forward to the event…