Black History Month Student Spotlight: Taliah Belcher

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. Taliah Belcher, senior accounting and finance major, shares the importance of Black History Month and paying homage to historical Black figures throughout history.

Why does it feel important to celebrate Black History Month? taliah-belcher-bhm-spotlight

It feels important because it shines a light on those who came before us. It's essential to recognize all of the accomplishments our ancestors achieved along with all of the hard work and struggle that they had to endure. It's also crucial that the wisdom and knowledge from our ancestors is never lost, but instead passed down through the generations. 

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black History Month to me is a joyous occasion. It means so much to me that my history and culture gets to be spotlighted and celebrated by others. It also gives me a chance to reflect on what others have done for me and what I can do for others. I enjoy learning about the great accomplishments made in the Black community and I love that these accomplishments get highlighted and truly valued.  

What motivates you to be successful?

My goals and aspirations motivate me to be successful. I have a lot of dreams for myself, and I know that I need to be the one pushing myself to meet them because no one else will. With that being said, there are so many people who have unknowingly touched my life and helped me get to where I am today, and I hope to one day be someone that others can look up to.

What Black historical figure is most inspiring to you and why? 

Oprah Winfrey. She is the epitome of a strong woman and what she has done not only for the Black community, but also for the world in general is admirable. She has had to overcome many obstacles, but she never let any of them hinder her perseverance. She truly is an inspiration.

What do you hope to accomplish during this month of recognition and celebration?

During this month, I hope to learn more about my background and where I came from. My culture is part of who I am, and I want to dive deeper into the people and places that have shaped me. Along with this, I hope to have conversations with my peers about their experiences and to further learn about their backgrounds. I also hope to acquire more information about notable historical figures who have impacted the Black community. I also hope to spread awareness about the significance of Black History Month and why it is important to celebrate.

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