‘U’ can make all the difference

By Linda Luk

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host the annual Unity Day this weekend.

“The purpose of Unity Day is to bring out NIU students, faculty and DeKalb County to unify together and socialize,” said Nikkita Gardner, chairwoman of Unity Day.

Jessica Williams, co-chairwoman of Unity Day, agrees with Gardner.

“We try to get everyone together – whites, Hispanics, Asians, so we can get together, eat and have fun,” Williams said. “So we won’t be separated all the time.”

This year, the theme of the day is ‘It all begins with U.'” Gardner said the theme really stands out because unity doesn’t begin with one person, it requires more than one person.

The event will consist of free food, music, raffles, contests and tables set up by various student organizations.

“We try to get all the SA organizations,” Williams said. “So far, we only have 15.”

Among the 15 organizations, different organizations such as Greeks, dance groups and community organizations come out to participate in Unity Day.

Through this event, the NAACP hopes to bring more diversity into the organization.

“Some people think the organization is for blacks only, but it is for everybody,” Williams said.”I would really like for people to come out and socialize. We just want a really good turnout.”