Students navigate history in Project Grad’s Black History Month Tunnel


Miguel Gutierrez

dee reads posters about the history of slavery in the U.S.

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Project Grad opened up their Black History Month Tunnel in the UC Lonestar room 142. The tunnel was filled with an array of signs and posters, taking the audience through the timeline of Black history not only in America, but in other countries as well.

“This tunnel is basically a look back or a journey through Black history,” said Laderica Paul, one of the event coordinators.

The tunnel spotlighted many famous Black inventors, doctors, innovators, scientists, soldiers and musicians throughout the years.

“It is important to study these things because many of them aren’t often talked about,” said Paul. “If I were to ask my younger brother about any of the history here, he would probably have no clue about it.”

The main focus of this event was to spread awareness about Black history and many of the injustices they have faced throughout the years, and, most importantly, encourage people to discuss.

“I want people to accept the reality that this was once, and still is, the world we live in,” said Paul, “and at one point in time, our nation had individuals enslaved. So, this is a lesson that we all need to learn in order to be appreciative of everything we have.”

The tunnel will be up for its last day today, Jan. 30, until 3 p.m.

If you’re interested in more events hosted by Project Grad, you can follow them on Instagram @tamuccwhatsup. Stay up to date with Island Waves while we continue covering Black History Month events all month long.