Arkansas State University Multicultural Center Newsletter
Volume 1 Issue 2 February 2013
“Not just a Space, but a Place for ALL!”
2013 Black History Month Celebration “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality”
he year 2013 marks the anniversary of three important events in history: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham that killed four young girls. The National Black History Month theme, “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality,” reflects these milestones. Black History Month is celebrated nationwide throughout the month of February with programs and events that not only commemorate the past, but also honor the continuous progress that African Americans have made. Black History Month stems back to February 1926 when Negro History Week was established by Carter G. Woodson, the father of black history. He and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH) chose the second week of February because it encompasses the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, notable figures in the African American community. Instead of trying to create a new tradition, Woodson implored the public to extend their study of black history through Negro History Week. In the late 1970’s, the week-long celebration was expanded to a month.
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TJ Holmes, a former news anchor for CNN and host of BET’s “Don’t Sleep,” will join the Multicultural Center for their Tribute to Black History Month program. Holmes will discuss his personal success with freedom and equality and what this means in today’s society. The event is Monday, February 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the Carl R. Reng Student Union Centennial Hall.
Arkansas State University celebrates Black History Month with a series of events and programs geared toward the past, present, and future success of African Americans. For a list of events, see page 3 of this newsletter.
Photo Courtesy: Niya Blair
Student attendees at SBSLC with advisors Niya Blair and Adrian Everett
Student Leaders attend Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference
he 25th Annual Southwest Black Student Leadership Conference, hosted by Texas A & M University in College Station, TX, was held January 17-20, 2013. Fifteen students represented Arkansas State University at the conference. Students who attended the conference are members of the Black Student Association (BSA), Circle of Trust, and Brother to Brother. The conference consisted of leadership workshops and opening and closing banquets with speakers Jewel Diamond Taylor, Major General Ronald Bailey, and Stephen A. Smith. LaTasha Moore, president of the Black Student Association, was selected as a participant in the Charles Edward Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute. Only 25 students out of the 550 conference participants were selected. “The Advanced Leadership Institute was a wonderful to chance to get to know other leaders personally. We remained around each other for the duration of the conference – participating in detailed discussions concerning
diversity and learning about our leadership characteristics. It was an honor to be apart of the program that honored the life of TAMU alumnus Charles E. Williams II,” said Moore. “I've been to many conferences over my past college years and this was by far the BEST I’ve attended. It was well organized and kept us engaged the entire time without being overwhelmed. I would recommend it to anyone” stated Alicia Rose Black Student Association Senior Advisor. There were 49 institutions represented at the conference. ASU conference participants were: Jonathan Williams, Summer Jackson, Brianna Williams, Rayven Giles, Charleen Hooper-Lewis, LaDawana Williams, Nova Paige, Phebe Hall, Justin Taylor, LaTasha Moore, Alicia Rose, Brian Crayton, Robert Johnson, Shaquille Spearman, Tianna Baker, and advisors Adrian Everett and Niya Blair. Students were sponsored by Student Government, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and the Multicultural Center.