Black History Month Student Spotlight: Isabelle Wyche

In honor of Black History Month, Lamar University will celebrate with a series of events organized and sponsored by a variety of organizations, departments and clubs that highlight and pay tribute to the achievements of African Americans and important events that contributed to U.S. history.

In addition to university events, LU also chose to celebrate Black excellence by spotlighting several Black LU students and the many reasons why they feel this month is important. Isabelle Wyche, sophomore health administration major, shares why Black History Month symbolizes celebration and honor for her ancestors. isabelle-wyche

Why does it feel important to celebrate black history month?
As a young black woman, I’ve grown to understand the significance behind being an African American woman. Furthermore, I realized how much adversity my ancestors have overcome, and challenged all black women to do the same today.

What does black history month mean to you?
Black history symbolizes celebration and honor of all African Americans. This moment of celebration is not limited to the horrific experiences and oppression that were targeted against Black people. Instead, it’s the growth and endurance that showcases the beauty of black history month.

What motivates me to be successful?
I am a first generation student, where my normal was not reflected through the college experience. I’m also the youngest of all of my siblings, but I strive to aim for generational wealth. In my opinion, being successful is based on the legacy that I leave for my family. I am currently at Lamar majoring in Health Administration with a minor in business, where I plan to continue my studies.

Which historical figure is most inspiring to you?
The most inspiring historical figure to me would be Angela Davis. During the 1970s, Angela Davis became involved with the prison movement, fighting for the rights within the prison process and living. She was known as a African-American woman to start a global movement for justice and for others as well as herself.

What do you hope to accomplish during this month of recognition and celebration?
During black history month, I am continuing to be a strong advocate for different black businesses. Also, I’m currently planning and executing events that are dedicated towards self-love and reflection. Lastly, partaking in service to black communities in Beaumont through my illustrious sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated of the Zeta Beta Chapter.