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DAILY KENT STATER SPECIAL SECTION FEBRUARY 1, 2013

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n 1926, historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History teamed up to declare the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” They chose this week because it encompassed the birthdays of two important figures in black history, Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In 1970, the leaders of Black United Students at Kent State decided to expand the week into a month-long festival — in 1976, Black History Month became officially recognized by the federal government. When we discovered what a crucial impact BUS made in this country’s history, we realized there was a lot more we could find out about Kent State’s involvement in the civil rights movement and the extraordinary people who moved this campus — and country — forward. Our staff scoured library archives and interviewed experts on Kent State’s black history as they documented the monumental achievements of our black students, faculty and staff. What we uncovered was much greater than historical facts and figures. These brave people paved the way for future generations of Kent State students — some of whom are featured in this section — and we think that’s worth celebrating.

— Editor

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4. Noteworthy Kent State visitors 1. Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong 2. Bill Cosby 3. Muhammad Ali 4. Julian Bond 5. Sly Stone 6. Bo Diddley and Numbers Band guitarist Michael Stacey

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Spotlight: Kent State’s movers and shakers

Get a glimpse of some famous Kent State alums.

To download a digital copy of this special section, visit

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Check out an extensive timeline of Kent State’s black history.


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Kent State's Greek Row

Pan-African Studies: Kent State’s 37-year cultural exploration

Mackenzie Wallace mwalla12@kent.edu

Editor’s note: The six fraternities featured in this story are those currently listed with the Center for Student Involvement. As this issue went to print, we were informed of two more fraternities, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, and one more sorority,Alpha Kappa Alpha, which were not listed with CSI. Alpha Phi Alpha is currently listed as suspended on the fraternity’s national website.

Kathleen Shevlin kshevlin@kent.edu

Out of the first nine African-American Greek letter organizations founded, six are at Kent State. These six help make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, commonly referred to as the “Divine Nine.” The National Pan-Hellenic Council consists of the African-American Greek letter organizations that have a combined total of 5,500 chapters worldwide. These Greek organizations on campus: Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Iota Phi Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Sigma Gamma Rho and Zeta Phi Beta, have many accomplished, nationally recognized members with contributions to politics, the arts, education, sports, business and philanthropy.

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Alpha Phi Alpha Seven undergraduate students at Cornell University organized Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate fraternity among African men, on Dec. 4, 1906, according to the national website www. alpha-phi-alpha.com. Alpha Phi Alpha dedicated itself to defend the rights and to promote the responsibilities of blacks. The founders sought to combine social purposes with social action. Alpha Phi Alpha has also promoted knowledge and achievement. Martin Luther King Jr. was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha. Members and alumni coordinate community programs, mentoring, partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters,

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The Department of Pan-African Studies has been a part of Kent State University for nearly 40 years and continues to grow. Alexandria Peebles, senior psychology major, said Pan-African Studies came about through the works of Black United Students and is still referred to as “the house that BUS built.” According to Kent State’s website, the department of Pan-African Studies credits the success of the department, faculty and students to its first chairman, Dr. Edward Crosby. Although the Department of Pan-African Studies primarily focuses on providing a global understanding of African culture, Peebles, who is the director of committees for Advocates of Culture and Knowledge, said the department encourages students to be inclusive. The Department of PanAfrican Studies is located in Oscar Ritchie Hall, which is named after Oscar W. Ritchie, Kent State’s first black faculty member. The department is home to the Center of Pan-African Culture, the Institute for African American Affairs, the African Community Theatre and the Communication Skills and Arts academic division. “The classes are really interesting, and you have classes with all types of people,” Peebles said. Porsha Hunt, senior hospitality management major, said she feels that as a black woman, she is always interested in knowing about her culture and its history. “These courses elaborate on things we have already been taught, but more importantly tell the stories that we were never taught about,” Hunt said. “The cultural knowledge is something extremely posi-

Courtesy of KSU’s Special Collections and Archives Oscar Ritchie, the first black faculty member at Kent State, for whom Oscar Ritchie Hall was named.

tive that department has given [Kent State]. America is a melting pot, but most classes only teach one viewpoint of history. This allows for insight into a different culture and its history.” Hunt said Pan-African Studies courses are not only beneficiary if you’re black. However, she learned through personal experience some students aren’t aware that these courses are available to them. “The first Pan-African studies course that I took was Black Experience. During lecture one day, a Caucasian girl made a comment about how she originally didn’t know if she would be able to take the course because she was white,” Hunt said. “She also said she didn’t want to be judged by fellow people. Everyone embraced her and thought that it was a good thing that she wanted to open her mind and experience another culture.” Kathleen Shevlin is the ethnic affairs reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

of events

Feb. 5

The Great Debate ‘Preliminaries’ Where: Oscar Ritchie Hall Room 214 When: 7 p.m.

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Real Talk with Oscar Ramos Where: Student Center Room 206 When: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Black United Students Mass Meeting Where: Oscar Ritchie Hall Lecture Hall When: 7p.m.

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Phi Beta Sigma Three black male students founded Phi Beta Sigma at Howard University on Jan. 9, 1914. The organization was created to exist as a part of an even

Sigma Gamma Rho Seven educators at Butler University established S i g m a G a m m a o n N o v. 12, 1922. This sorority has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession. According to www. sgrho1922.org, these women are dedicated to helping each other as well as serving the community. Sigma Gamma Rho was chartered at Kent State May 19, 1973.

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Black History Month Programming

For the full list of Black History Month events, check out KentWired.com

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A Conversation With Dr. David Pilgrim Founder of Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Where: Kiva When: 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Feb. 12

Showcase Auditions Where: Student Center Room 303 When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Showcase Where: Student Center Ballroom When: 6:30 p.m.

Feb. 20

Real Talk with Mrs. Tina Brown and Sisters of the Akron Masjid Where: Student Center Room 206 When: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Screening: Versailles ‘73: American Runway Revolution Where: Rockwell Hall Room 231 When: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 26

National TRIO Week Luncheon Where: Student Center Ballroom When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Feb. 27

Spring Job and Internship Fair When: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Student Center Room 204 MODISTA Mass Meeting When: 7 p.m. Where: Rockwell Auditorium

Feb. 28

Bruce George: A Lecture Series and Poetry Jam When: 6 p.m. Where: Kiva

Boy Scouts of America and the March of Dimes. They also participate in community activist programs focused on education, community outreach and development, leadership development and educating the community on its voting rights. Kent’s Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was chartered Jan. 22, 1958.

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Iota Phi Theta Twelve students at Morgan State College founded Iota Phi Theta on Sept. 19, 1963. It is now the nation’s fifth largest predominately black social service fraternity, according to www. iotaphitheta.org. At Kent State, this fraternity goes by the Kent State colony of Iota Phi Theta or Kent State chapter of Iota Phi Theta, but they have no letters yet. The charter line brothers came in May 3, 2010, and they will be getting their chapter letters soon, Lorenza Stevens Jr., senior communications studies major and President of Iota Phi Theta, wrote in an email.

greater brotherhood, according to www.phibetasigma1914.org, the fraternity’s national website. The founders believed members should be judged by their own merits and not by family background, race, nationality, skin tone or hair texture. This organization works to deliver services to the community. Kent’s Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was chartered Nov. 12, 1971.

Sororities Delta Sigma Theta Twenty-two Howard University women founded Delta Sigma Theta on Jan. 13, 1912. These women set the foundation for what is now one of the largest black women’s organizations in the world, according to the sorority’s chapter website, www. epsilonmudst.wix.com. These women promoted academic excellence and provided assistance for people in need. They participated in the Women’s Suffrage March

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in Washington D.C. as their first public act. Nine female stud e n t s c h a r t e re d t h e Kent State Epsilon Mu chapter of Delta Sigma Theta on May 13, 1963. The three principles of the organization are scholarship, service and sisterhood. Members focus on educational development, economic development, physical and mental health, political awareness and involvement, and international awareness and involvement.

Zeta Phi Beta Five women founded the Zeta Phi Beta sorority on Jan. 16, 1920 at Howard University. This sorority’s four principles include scholarship, service, sisterly love and finer womanhood. Zeta Phi Beta is the only sorority to be constitutionally bound to a fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. Fifteen women chartered Zeta Phi Beta at Kent State on June 5, 1971. After being inactive for four years, the sorority was brought back to campus by eight women in the fall of 2011.

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Mackenzie Wallace is the Greek life/ROTC reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

Did You Know?

• For a long time, Kent State • Oscar W. Ritchie became was one of the few norththe first black faculty ern college teams to have member at Kent State black players. In the late and at any state uni‘40s, the players voted to versity in Ohio when reject an invitation to a President George Bowpost-season game in segman appointed him as a regationist Florida rather full-time faculty member than leave their black in 1947. teammates behind.

• Currently, 13 percent of all undergraduate students are minorities. There are approximately 1,949 black students on campus. • From 1969 to 1975, the only minority student records kept were for black students.

— Kelsey Leyva, diversity reporter

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Being a professor at Kent State University is an honor. I’ve lived an extraordinary life thanks to this university. Kent State prepared me for life, and now I have the privilege of giving back through teaching. Life has not been and is not easy. I am 63 years old, and I am still waiting for us to overcome. As a kid visiting my grandparents in Birmingham, Ala., I had to ride in the back of the bus. Many of us are still riding in the back of the bus. America is a white, straight, maledominated society. There is a fear that that dominance will change as America changes. That fear triggers racism. I have never seen a sitting president disrespected by so-called government leaders as President Barack Obama

has been. He’s had fingers flying in his face and he’s been called a liar. Fairness and bipartisan compromise went out the window when he was elected. And that was at the top of our government. Imagine how it is for the rest of us. We’re celebrating Black History Month. What does it mean? It means that last week’s celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King should have been standing room only. It wasn’t. Finding a seat was easy. It means we cannot overcome because we cannot stop shooting and killing one another. Until we get our act together we’ll continue to climb slowly to the mountaintop. If the legacy of Dr. King, Barack Obama in the White House and Black History Month cannot empower us, what can? Gene Shelton, associate professor for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication


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Kent State’s Movers and Shakers Kenneth Agee – President of Phi Beta Sigma

RACHAEL LE GOUBIN|DAILY KENT STATER Senior Kenneth Agee is a member Kent State’s track and field team and is the president of Phi Beta Sigma.

Kenneth Agee, president of Phi Beta Sigma, said his main goal is to have his fraternity known throughout the Kent State campus. “I wanted to be a part of something bigger than I am,” Agee said. Agee is a senior computer information systems major who will be graduating in December. He joined Phi Beta Sigma for the networking, the chance to meet people all over the nation and the opportunity to be a part of something that makes a difference. “It is a network of people that have something in common,” Agee said. Phi Beta Sigma is a worldwide fraternity

that gets together once every year at a conclave, which is a central meeting of past and present fraternity members. At the conclave, they have educational and social events. This year’s conclave meeting will be held in Philadelphia. “The main thing we are focused on is exposure, getting people to know exactly what Greek life is all about,” Agee said. Phi Beta Sigma was built around three major principles: brotherhood, scholarship and service. “Brotherhood, scholarship and service stands for exactly what we do,” Agee said. Agee said his fraternity is always trying to find ways to help the community with projects like building playgrounds and planting trees. The fraternity’s motto is, “Culture for service and service for humanity.” Phi Beta Sigma has only four other members. Last year, Phi Beta Sigma had its 40th anniversary celebration at Kent State since it became a national chapter. The event included a flash mob, speakers and a “stroll-off,” which had more then 700 people. Agee said he is proud of his heritage. “Black History Month is just a way of celebrating the culture and what African Americans have accomplished over a century,” Agee said. Agee is also a high jumper for the Kent State track and field team and is a part of the Management and Information Systems Association on campus. After this year, he plans on going to graduate school at either Kent State or The Ohio State University. Once he finishes school, Agee aspires to be a computer technician for a professional sports team. ­— Abby Bradford, general assignment reporter

Traci Williams – Director for the Center of Pan-African Culture Traci Williams is an instructor who brings her real-world experience in the film business into her Kent State classroom. She started her career during her freshman year of college at Kent State. A family friend helped her get an internship working on an HBO film shoot in Cleveland. She got her foot in the door at HBO and ended up sticking around to work with Denzel Washington on “Antwone Fisher” and George Clooney on “Welcome to Collinwood.” After finishing her electronic media production degree with a minor in Pan-African studies, she sent about 200 applications to different TV and film companies. Displeased with the results, Williams stepped back and focused on her family. “Being married, I didn’t think that film was really a lucrative profession at the time,” Williams said. “But I just couldn’t fight the urge to work on film.” Her film itch bugged her until she decided to pack her bags and leave Ohio to pursue a career in Los Angeles. Williams trudged through the hardships of living in the expensive California city and finally found a job working with Reuben Cannon, who was one of the top directors at the time. Williams fulfilled her Hollywood dream by working on projects such as the first Tyler Perry movie and TV shows like “Half & Half.” After her success, she felt worn out by the tremendous pressure of Hollywood film life, so she made her way back to Kent. Williams was inspired by the principles she learned in her Pan-African studies courses about giving back to her community and helping those before her. “I would be able to bring my experiences back to Kent State and work with students,” Williams said. Since there weren’t any film projects going on

The Kent State men’s basketball team Black History Month carries an array of strong feelings as well as many significant and ground-breaking historic moments over the course of decades, and the sports world has more than done its part to eliminate racial prejudice and provide equal opportunity to all. To senior forward Chris Evans, this month holds a powerful importance for all of the historical aspects that have influenced his life and the lives of thousands of other black athletes. “It’s very important to me,” Evans said, “because being that I’m young and being that we had so many civil rights leaders back then, we wouldn’t be here today and be able to accomplish the things we have if it wasn’t for the people who fought for us back in the day. So, it’s definitely an important month in my life, and I’m very grateful for the people who paved the way for where I am today.” Evans said athletes such as Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals in track and field during the 1936 Olympic games, and Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who donned black

Brande Midgett-Crosby – President of Delta Sigma Theta Brande Midgett-Crosby, president of Delta Sigma Theta, said she wanted her position so she could lead others. “Honestly, deep down, being in a position to lead others and help others was mainly the reason why,” MidgettCrosby said. “At the time, my chapter needed someone in that position, so I just had to step up to the plate.” Midgett-Crosby, senior electronic media production major and Pan-African Studies minor, is in her fifth year at Kent State and will be graduating in May. Delta Sigma Theta is one of six different black fraternities and sororities at Kent State. Twentytwo collegiate women founded it in 1913 at Howard University. The Kent State chapter of Delta Sigma Theta is called Epsilon Mu and was chartered May 13, 1963 by nine Kent State women. Delta Sigma Theta has three principles: scholarship, service and sisterhood. They operate off a five-point programmatic thrust of educational and economic development, physical and mental health, and political and international awareness and involvement. There are only two other people in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority at Kent State. All three of them are dedicated workers, Midgett-Crosby said, and she believes that no one has more power than the other. “We are very dedicated to service and providing for our community,” Midgett-Crosby said. Delta week was Jan. 20 through Jan. 26, and the sorority selected programs to participate in each day. This included

CHELSAE KETCHUM|DAILY KENT STATER Brande Midgett-Crosby is the president of Delta Sigma Theta.

a church service, volunteering on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a gun control lecture and selfdefense training. Midgett-Crosby said she believes, “America was built off the backs of people that were slaves,” and Black History Month is a time for everyone to remember where the country started as a nation and how far it has come. “I look at Black History Month as a time for my race and other races to acknowledge the work that people of color have done for America,” Midgett-Crosby said. She works at the Pan-African Studies office in Oscar Richie Hall with multimedia and does operations at night programs and events.

This semester, MidgettCrosby is in charge of creating a TV commercial for the PanAfrican Studies School at Kent State before the end of the year. Her dream, after graduation, is to first further her education at graduate school, and then become a filmmaker. “I am a big fan of James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and Spike Lee,” Midgett-Crosby said. “I would love to create a variety of films that range from the spectrum of ‘Avatar,’ ‘The Color Purple,’ to ‘Crooklyn.’ You never know what you can do until you try, so who knows what I’ll be doing once I graduate.” — Abby Bradford, general assignment reporter

Jason Kolbicz – junior musical theatre major

JENNA WATSON | DAILY KENT STATER Traci Easley Williams speaks to students in Oscar Ritchie Hall on Thursday, November 2 as part of the BUS Speaker Series.

at Kent State, she decided to get the camera rolling. Williams started film and TV projects in the Pan-African studies department, but the projects soon transcended into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication when she met professor Dave Smeltzer, who shared her same passion for film. Williams and Smeltzer partnered together to create Kent State University Independent Films. Williams has produced three feature films, 50 to 60 music videos, 20 to 25 short films, four TV shows and one documentary at Kent State. Williams is currently working on her program’s next feature-length film, which is a psychological thriller. In the future, she hopes to establish a film program at Kent State by generating more interest in her film classes. — Brandon Koziol, features correspondent gloves and raised their fists in a public call for equal rights at the 1968 Olympics, are prime examples of the impact that the civil rights movement had on the integration and evolution of sport as a whole. “Black History Month definitely plays a part in the relevancy in sports,” Evans said. “It definitely improves the game of basketball and how we were able to integrate between both races.” Legendary sports figures like Owens and Jackie Robinson not only broke barriers during their time, but also opened doors for Evans and other members of the Kent State basketball team to have the opportunity to find success in sports generations later. The significance of this month stretches to white athletes as well as black athletes, a fact that junior forward Mark Henniger recognizes. “I think it has a big meaning for our team,” Henniger said. “Obviously I support it 100 percent, and I think it’s had a huge impact on basketball and on sports over the years.” — Tim Dorst, men’s basketball reporter

JENNA WATSON | DAILY KENT STATER Jayson Koblicz leads as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in “The Rocky Horror Show” during the final tech rehearsal on Nov. 1.

Black History Month is known to be a time for remembering the struggles and the majesty of history. It is a chance to remember those outstanding members of the black community who rose to make their names known, and their beliefs cemented. Jayson Kolbicz is among those whose heritage and budding prestige bring to mind the history which paved his way. Although he was raised in a predominantly white atmosphere, Kolbicz is biracial. Combined with a singular knack for performance, this sets Kolbicz on a unique stage. A junior musical theatre major, Kolbicz is frequently in the limelight thanks to starring roles in campus productions like that of Dr. Frank-NFurter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” His face is known, yes — enhanced with the eyeliner and glamour of the part. Kolbicz has a sense of self-confidence and

mirth that is almost immediately recognizable. With a laugh that seems always very nearly at the ready, the stage seems to place him in his natural element. But, he said, the way to the stage was no light undertaking. “Here, it’s been kind of a struggle,” he said. “Most in the program are white, and they pick a lot of stereotypically white shows.” Yet, he said the business of the theater has matured into a state of acceptance toward those with diverse backgrounds. Having learned in theatre history classes about the skewed and distorted roles of the age-old minstrel shows, Kolbicz said the theatre has shown growth in the modern age. “It’s opened up a lot more, but black people still have their own ways of relating to each other through performance,” Kolbicz said. He seemed to take comfort in this fact, saying that it allows for individual style. It also presents unique opportunities in shows like “The Lion King”, which give fame to a largely black cast. “There are so many white shows out there, and it’s good for colored people to have something to go look for when they get out in the world,” Kolbicz said. Touring is at the top of Kolbicz’s professional bucket list and, personally, he said he has large footsteps to follow. Brittnie Price, his costar in “Chorus Line” and “Ragtime” who is also biracial, is currently with the national tour of “Hair” as a part of the ensemble. Kolbicz has also performed with several off-campus productions. Immersing himself in a role that is stereotypically white, he is currently starring in a performance of the hit “All Shook Up” as Chad, the lead. When asked if this seemed extraordinary to him, he paired a grin with a shrug and said that with a biracial past he can flexibly match the roles he’s given. “I know I think about it,” Kolbicz said. “But, from what the faculty keeps telling me, the business nowadays is so open to all these other cultures and ethnicities, so they tell me I’m going to be fine.” Because he was raised in a largely white community and family atmosphere, Kolbicz said he relates to that side of his heritage more directly. Yet he seemed to carry a sort of reverence for the black performers and artists who continue to shape the industry. Continuing his theatre career and so continuing the history of the biracial past he represents, Kolbicz is aiming high. — Hannah Kelling, features correspondent


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A TRIP BACK:

Duke Ellington performs at Kent State.

Oct. 26, 1957

President Bowman desegregates housing, which has been in place since 1947. Bowman changes the policy after Ritchie protests the rule and threatens to leave. Numerous faculty members side with Ritchie. Black United Students (BUS) is officially founded. Henry Austin, public relations director of the Deacons of Defense delivers a lecture that is sponsored by the United Christian fellowship and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) the January before; BUS begins to operate underground before it goes public that May.

The band War, known for its hit singles “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” plays at Kent State.

Aretha Franklin performs at Kent State for Black United Students’ fourth anniversary celebration. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Black United Students Emergency Grant and Aid Fund.

May 21, 1972

Earth, Wind & Fire, along with the Isley Brothers, visit Kent State to play at a Black United Students homecoming celebration.

November 1973

Black leaders on campus organize a protest march to Dix Stadium on “Parents’ Day” as a response to racism in academics and athletics. Four [football] players are suspended as a result.

October 1979

The first newsprint issue of The Spectrum is published, featuring Oscar Ritchie on the cover.

Sept. 17, 1979

2009

The Kent State Black Alumni Chapter is founded.

September 2012

President Barack Obama becomes the first president to visit Kent in 100 years.

Sources: Kent State University Department of Special Collections and Archives; KentWired.com; Black United Students website; BlackWatch archives; Spectrum

The Spectrum newsprint becomes The Spectrum Magazine, a publication of Black United Students, and publishes its first issue.

April 1985

Department of PanAfrican Studies is established.

1976

Kent State becomes the first institution to offer Black History week as a monthlong celebration.

Center of Pan-African Culture is established.

1970

May 17, 1972

The first newsprint issue of Black Watch, a Black United Students Publication, was published.

Nov. 25, 1969

About 100 black students walk out together after a speech by Vice President Hubert Humphrey. While the walkout is not because of the speech, the students say it’s to draw attention to the problems like housing discrimination, the absence of courses in black history and the lack of investigation of Greek charters that had white AngloSaxton clauses, among others.

May 3, 1968

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The Institute of African American Affairs was founded when black students requested the university’s curriculum significantly reflect their historical and contemporary experiences.

May 21, 1968

Congress of Racial Equality chapter forms at Kent State.

Jan. 22, 1964

1963

In a non-violent protest, 11 black students organize a sit-in at the Kent Corner Bar, a business that would not provide service to black customers.

Oct. 28, 1960

May 8, 1961

To protest racially discriminatory housing policies on campus, students present a petition to President Bowman. The 1,200 people who sign the petition hope to eliminate the prejudiced practices.

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1954 Black students want to start a NAACP chapter at Kent State, but President George Bowman denies their request.

1949

The first African American fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, is established.

Oscar Ritchie becomes the first black faculty member at Kent State. He taught in the department of sociology and anthropology, where he later became a chairman.

through the years

Kent State University is founded as the Kent State Normal School for teacher training. The first classes are held in 1912.

1910

1916 Mabel Ormes becomes the first black student to graduate from Kent State. Records are unclear as to the correct spelling of her name; a paper with the name “Mable” written in pencil has been found.

Megan Corder, Kelsey Husnick, Nick Shook, Brian Smith, Richie Mulhall and Christian Petrila contributed to reporting.

(’72), men’s relay in 1972 Olympics • Selected 44th overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 1974 NFL Draft • Also played for Green Bay Packers in the NFL

Gerald Tinker

• First round pick (33rd overall) of San Francisco in 2006. • Won 2010 World Series with the Giants. • Kent State’s all-time stolen base leader (92).

(’06), infielder for the Cincinnati Reds

Emmanuel Burriss

• Named to five Pro Bowls (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 • Four All-Pro selections (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) • His 100-yard interception return touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII is the longest play in Super Bowl history • Made a $100,000 donation to the Kent State athletic department on Sep. 12, 2012

(’02) No. 92, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers

James Harrison

•Played Olivia, Gordon’s kid sister, on Sesame Street • She appeared in many Broadway musicals, including “Chicago” and “Hair” • Had roles in Cruel Intentions, Death Becomes Her, and made guest appearances on shows such as ER and Friends • She co-wrote and co-produced a Fox children’s video “Learning Can be Fun”

Alaina Reed Hall

2005, 2006, 2009, 2010) • Member of NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team • Had his Kent State basketball jersey number, 44, retired on Feb. 27, 2010, making him just the fourth Flash to receive the honor. (1946-2009), graduation date unknown)

Grads Make it Big in the Real World After Kent State

Arsenio Hall

Age 56, majored in communications (’77)

• Started out as a comedian in Chicago, opening for stars such as Aretha Franklin •Hosted the first black late-night talk show, “The Arsenio Hall Show” •Appeared on (and won) the celebrity edition of The Apprentice • Awards: Received two NAACP Image awards and a Key of Life Award

Wayne Dawson

(‘79) BA in journalism

• Co-anchor for Fox 8 News in the Morning (watch him weekdays from 5-10 a.m.) • Anchored and reported for WNIR Radio in Kent • Awards: 8 Emmy’s, named “Most Favorite Male,” and “Best Dressed Male Television Personality,” by Cleveland Life Magazine, Jaycees “Outstanding Young Men of America,” and the Professional Women’s Business Association’s “Outstanding TV News Reporter”

Josh Cribbs

(‘04) majored in communications • No. 16 wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns • NFL’s all-time career kick-return touchdown leader (8) • Named to three NFL Pro Bowls (2007, 2009, 2012) • Two-time NFL All-Pro (2007, 2009 • Member of NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team

Antonio Gates

(’02) majored in general studies • No. 85 tight end for the San Diego Chargers • Became seventh tight end in NFL history to record 500 career receptions on Oct. 3, 2010 • Named to eight NFL Pro Bowls (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) • 5-time NFL All-Pro tight end (2004,

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