Clarksville, TN – February is still a few months away, but area middle and high school students are already studying and preparing themselves for Black History Month.
That’s because on January 25th, Austin Peay State University’s Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) club will host its Eighth Annual Black History Bowl – a scholastic competition open to teams from local schools.
“It’s on January 25th, so it’s right at the kickoff of Black History Month,” Dr. Barbara Peterson, associate professor of education and STEA faculty sponsor, said. “The purpose of the bowl is to build a sense of collegiality among students. It gives them an opportunity to have a high command of knowledge and to apply that knowledge.”
The STEA club is partnering with APSU’s Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, the APSU ROTC program and the College of Education’s Project MORE Scholars to host the event, and NewsChannel5 reporter Marcus Washington is scheduled to serve as the event’s emcee.
The competition begins at 5:00pm on January 25th in the APSU Music/Mass Communication Building’s Mabry Concert Hall. Local schools received study packets for the event, and the scholastic bowl will have teams facing off on different topics of black history, such as arts and entertainment, biography, history, military history, science, sports and facts and trivia.
Peterson also said the event helps develop a deeper cultural awareness among students in the community, as well as allowing them to cultivate collaborative skills and teamwork strategies.