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In This Issue: pg 2 Director’s Letter pg 3 Black History Spotlight pg 4& 5 Vday Volume 05 Issue 005 February 2014 pg 6 Upcoming Events CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY Black history month is a time for African Americans to reflect and honor those who fought for civil rights and who paved the way for blacks today. Multicultural Affairs hosts programs every year in the month of February to celebrate Black History Month and recently kicked-off the celebration with an opening ceremony. During the opening ceremony they honored Dr. James L. Netters, of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, with a lifetime Achievement Award. Keon Prewitt, co-chair of Black History Month said, “We try to give the award to a fellow Memphian who we feel has given back to our community, and has done great things in our city.” He said they chose Dr. Netters because of his service to the community while serving as one of the first African American councilmen on the Memphis City Council Board, and the work he did for the sanitation workers during the strike with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Upon receiving the award, Dr. Netters gave an acceptance speech. “He encouraged young African Americans to keep pushing and stand up for what they believe in,” Prewitt said. Another attendee of the ceremony said that she felt Dr. Netters remarks came from the heart. “His remarks were thought provoking and meaningful especially to students. He expressed great appreciation and gratitude to students for thinking of him in such a special way.” Multicultural Affairs has more events planned for Black History Month such as a prayer breakfast, and Freedom Ball where they give away awards for Mr. & Ms. Mahogany, the organization of the year and the community service organization of the year. They will also have a closing ceremony highlighting events during the month, and will announce the funds raised for the chosen philanthropy that they will be donating to. All events are open to the public. For more information on Multicultural Affairs events for Black History Month visit their website, multiculturalaffairs/organizations.php

Febraury 2014

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