NABA and NABJ end Black History Month off right with an art auction and movie night

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The National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Accountants spent the last day of Black History Month auctioning off art representing influential figures in black history. They also showed a movie that represented black history as well.

“The ‘Black History Art Auction and Movie Night’ was a great success for NABJ and NABA of Sam Houston State University,” said NABJ President Blake Whittaker. “Our purpose was to give exposure to a great college artist known as Chassity Gibson.”

Gibson painted three iconic African American figures including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and Beyonce. Each painting was made with oil and took around three hours to complete.

Painting of Malcolm X

Painting of Martin Luther King Jr.

The winning bidder for the Beyonce painting with artist Chassity Gibson

The Beyonce painting received the highest bid at $90.

This was more than a fundraising event.

“We wanted to have a program so that we both NABJ and NABA could get some exposure around campus,” Whittaker said. “We felt that this would be a great start with us focusing on Black history, since it was Black History Month and we are African American organizations. This was a great experience.”

John Singleton’s “Higher Learning” was screened during the event. The movie focuses on college students trying to escape racism and stereotypes in the early 90s.

The event was held at the Villas Apartments clubhouse.

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NABA has meetings every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Smith-Hudson Business building, room 300.

NABJ has meetings every other Monday at 5 p.m. in the Dan Rather Communication building, room 125.

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