Black Love At Missouri State University

Daija and Jourdan

Daija Outlaw and Jourdan Guff in Las Vegas, NV and the selfie taken by Daija at their hotel.

Myesha Smith, The Black Bear – Black Love Day is celebrated yearly on Feb. 13 and is recognized nationally as an African-American holiday.

Black Bear’s Myesha Smith spoke with some newer couples on campus and asked them to share their moments and opinions on black love.

Daija Outlaw and Jourdan Goff have been “sharing interest” since she met him at his home a year and a half ago says Outlaw. The couple just recently got back from Las Vegas and may not have big plans for Black Love Day but Outlaw says “who knows.”

“You have to understand that moves have to constantly be made in order to get where you need in life. We just value every second of each other’s time,” Outlaw said.

This will be the 23rd Black Love Day celebration since beginning in 1993. According to the African American Holiday Association, BLD is the third nationally commemorated African American holiday. The five tenets are still love towards the Creator, for self, for the family, within the Black community and for the Black race.

Aun’Yiea Watson and Taelar Stevens have been dating since January 2015, surprising the

aunyiea & taelar

Aun’Yiea Watson and Taelar Stevens downtown Springfield, photo taken with tripod.

campus with their love for one another as a LGBT couple.

Both women were members of the MSU organization Essence of Hip Hop last year where they both met.

Watson says her experience with her friends on campus haven’t been any different, but people may have payed more attention.

“It’s all a growing process for you and those around you,” Watson said.

“The LGBT community shouldn’t be looked down upon like they are less of a person,” said Stevens. “They are able to love and be loved they still bleed red blood, they are still human”.

Stevens goes on to express that she believes there would be no judgement towards LGBT and it is already a community that is working on acceptance, but Black is something else that needs to be accepted as well.


Dr. Gilbert Brown and Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown

Watson says Black Love Day for her means, “Black love around the community period, it could be as simple as compliments and showing appreciation.”

Dr. Gilbert Brown and Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown are both apart of faculty at Missouri State University who have been married for 39 years and have been in the MSU family for eight years.

“The pathway of building on our heritage and tradition requires continued accomplishments in the following domains of life,” Dr. Brown said.

Dr. Jackson-Brown encourages black women to get a college education because it improves the quality of life.

“To African American women, I say, find and keep healthy, mutually supportive relationships with the men and the women in your lives,” she said.

The last couple, but not the least, Verniquia Foster and Secoy Hodges have been dating for seven years.

Foster said she was unaware of Black Love Day but is interested in making that a change.

Hodges said “Black Love Day means


Verniquia Foster and Secoy Hodges

another day to acknowledge our women and analyze the relationships we have on a romantic, friendly or family level.”

For any ideas on how to celebrate Black Love Day you can visit this last year’s coverage at, and visit the to look up more information on BLD.

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