In March, people tend to celebrate diversity or women. One group on campus will be celebrating both.
According to the Black Women United’s Web site, “Black Women United was created with the mission to enhance and empower the true essence of the mind, body and soul of the 21st-century phenomenal African-American woman through self-exploration, community service and fellowship with others.”
Amber Williams, treasurer and pre-mass communication sophomore, said the group reaches beyond racial boundaries.
“Black Women United is an organization committed to helping not just black women, but women in general on this campus,” Williams said. “We have meetings and activities that bring us closer as women and create a support system for each other.”
The group will be hosting a two-day event to bring in the new season: Texas State’s first Spring Bling. Spring Bling is part of Black Women United’s celebration of Women Week.
“The goal is to celebrate women as a whole, and we wanted to make fun events out of it,” Jaisie Stevens, vice president and exercise sports science junior said. “The Spring Bling is just part of various events we will be having.”
The Spring Bling will take place March 23rd and 24th. The first part is a talent show in the LBJ Teaching Theater starting at 6 p.m. The show will be comprised of dancing, singing, rapping poetry reading and stepping. All of the performers are Texas State students.
“I am very excited about it because we have some pretty amazing people coming out, and it’s also a way for women to show their creativitness,” Stevens said.
The second event will take place in Sewell Park at 6 p.m.
“It will be a battle between guys and girls, which will involve relays, station games and mind boggling questions you won’t want to miss out on,” said Christina Peyton, external committee chair and pre-fashion merchandise junior.
Stevens said she was looking forward to the second day of events.
“Day two is the battle of the sexes, which is going to be really fun,” Stevens said. “I am determined for the women to dominate, so I will be taking part.”
The members of Black Women United feel they have something to prove to their male counterparts.
“I am really looking forward to battle of the sexes to show the men that women can hang in there with them in physical competition,” Williams said. “The women are going to win too.”
The organization members want to accomplish more than recognizing the struggles or strengths of women.
“We just want to get everyone out to enjoy the beginning of spring,” Williams said.
Live music and dancing will be provided for entertainment between events.
“There is going to be a live DJ on both days to keep things poppin’ and live,” Peyton said.
The Spring Bling is $5 for both days or $3 for one day.The group meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in LBJ Student Center, room 3-3.1. Meetings are open to all women.