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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Bucks honored Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout Monday night's game against the Hornets. It was part of the Bucks' monthlong celebration of Black History Month.

The day started with a panel discussion for young people to learn more about the educational opportunities afforded by HBCUs. The Bucks' goal is to continue the mission in the future, but Monday night was also a celebration.

After a pregame Stroll performance, Uniqua Adams of Zeta Phi Beta said, "It was so intense. The lights, the camera, the fun, the intensity."

The performance from members of the Divine Nine was just one of many ways Milwaukee-area sororities and fraternities were recognized. One of the sorority sisters said, "We're not really supported as much as we should be, so it's a great opportunity for our organization."

The group said there are always some nerves before a big performance, but they embrace the opportunity to shine a light on their mission of community service and engagement. Adams said, "Just get our name out there. We're out in the community making change, so just continuing to do that but on a bigger platform."

In addition to the performances, the Bucks hosted a pregame networking event, in-game activities and entertainment, plus fans could take advantage of special ticket packages.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Outreach Manager Jakeim Jackson said, "There's not any HBCUs here, so it's important that we share valuable information about HBCUs and let the youth know that's an option." He added, "Initiatives and programming like this, where it helps with our recruiting and lets them know our organization is here for you and we have opportunities available."

But as Uniqua and her sorority sisters explained, it's not just about celebrating in the current moment, it's also about planning for the future. "Get involved with us. We're out in the community, we're making change, we're partnering with other local organizations to continue to move the mission forward and continue to make change happen for Black people."

Additionally, a $16,000 scholarship was created for STEM-focused Milwaukee high school seniors that plan to attend an HBCU this fall. The winners were announced at halftime.

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