VOTW: December 2019

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December 2019

Wildcats make it 9 in a row

Fox News host will keynote B-CU fall commencement Fox News political analyst Juan Williams will deliver the keynote address at Bethune-Cookman University’s fall graduation slated for Saturday, Dec. 14. “Widely regarded as one of America’s top speakers, Williams has a talent for motivating and inspiring audiences. He does this with his exceptional storytelling and deep knowledge of politics, the media, civil rights, and American history,” according to a release. The release also notes that with the release of his latest book titled “What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump’s War on Civil Rights,” Williams once again adds to his well-earned reputation as a civil rights historian. In this book, he sounds the alarm over what he considers to be President Trump’s

'Cats hand Rattlers another defeat in front of record crowd

efforts to mitigate much of the racial progress made by historical figures from Dr. King through President Obama. Before taking a job with Fox, Williams spent 10-years with National Public Radio or NPR, where he served as a senior national correspondent and news analyst. He was fired in 2010 after making what stations official felt were derogatory comments regarding Muslims during an appearance on “The O'Reilly Factor.” The host of the show, Bill O'Reilly, asked him to comment on the idea that the U.S. is facing a dilemma with Muslims. O’Reilly had previously directly blamed Muslims for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on another television show.

Juan Williams

Williams reportedly responded: "Look, Bill, I'm not a bigot. You know the kind of books I've written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous." Williams also warned O'Reilly against blaming all Muslims for "extremists," saying Christians shouldn't be blamed for Oklahoma City bomber Continued to page 4

A resilient Wildcat facing exactly what the entire football team found anothuniversity has been facing all er way to beat No. 12/13 year...the daunting challenge Florida A&M and extend its of beating an unbeatable foe Florida Blue Florida Classic and overcoming hurdles that winning streak with a 31-27 the experts predicted never triumph before a Camping to be surpassed. Facing adWorld Stadium crowd of 55,730 – the largest crowd since 2011. This 40th Annual Florida Blue Florida Classic will go down in President Chrite, Donovan Wells, band director, B-CU cheerleaders and others surrounding head coach Terry Simms for a history as photo opp, celebrating the 9th win against Florida A&M at the just that...a Florida Classic. classic, with a cast of characters and a versity at every turn, heroes plot line much bigger that emerged who admittedly the audience could ever have accomplished things they had imagined. never done before, like startImagine this, the Wildcat ing wide receiver Jonathan football team seemed to be Continued to page 4

Holiday events abound in Daytona Beach area There is no shortage of events in the Daytona Beach area for the holidays. Check out some of those listed below.

Daytona Beach Boat Parade

Magic Lights Holiday Display Venue: Daytona International Speedway Opens in New Window (at the intersection of International Speedway and Bill France Boulevards) Address: 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Admission: $25/car at the gate; $20 in advance.

Stetson Mansion Christmas Tour Venue: Stetson Mansion Opens in New Window Address: 1031 Camphor Lane, DeLand, FL 32720 Admission: $27 + tax, adults; $15 + tax, ages 1-22

What's Inside:


Venue: Halifax Harbor Marina Opens in New Window Address: 450 Basin St., Daytona Beach, FL 32114 Admission: FREE

DeBary Hall Candelight Tours Venue: DeBary Hall Historic Site Opens in New Window Address: 198 Sunrise Boulevard, DeBary, FL 32713 Admission: $10

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A Northern Lights Christmas Gala Venue: The Casements Opens in New Window Address: 25 Riverside Drive, Ormond Beach, FL 32176 Admission: FREE; $25 for a Santa Holiday Tea at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8 Information supplied by the Daytona Beach Area Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

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The Voice of the Wildcats is written, edited and published by members of the student body at Bethune-Cookman University. All opinions are solely those of the author. Interim Editor Ashlyn Denson Feature Writers Sierra Perry Hunter Astrop Nadia Reese Photographers S. Ray Victor Khalif Hollis Layout Editor Tatiana Tyler-Addison Publication Director Dr. Elsie Wanjohi


Is it time for a female president? U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris recently ended her bid for the Demoncratic nomination for president in 2020. Harris was one of several women to throw their hats in the political ring this year following the defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016. Several are still in the rest and it remains to be seen who will be the final nominees. B-CU Wildcats were asked to weigh in recently on the idea of a female president. Below is what some students had to say. Some have been edited for space. Photo courtesy of spotlightopoverty. Kamala Harris

Atira Harrison: I believe that it is time for a female president. A female president would bring a fresh perspective to things. Take for instance a bunch of men sitting around discussing all of these new abortion laws. It's a bit silly. It's time for change. I say all of this because it is 2019! Women are just as capable of making firm decisions as men. We are not weaker or more emotional because of or gender. It is time to put a woman in the Oval Office!

Camryn Franklin-Hill: I believe that the United States needs to have a female president. For too long men Faculty Cohave always been the ones Advisers running the shot, trying to Prof. Valerie Whitney make laws that harm women Dr. Keith O. Hilton as well. Women get more things done than men do if we’re PUBLICATION being honest. Women have MEMBERSHIP been the ones breaking barriers that make it possible The Voice of the Wildcats is a member to even put us in positions to of the Black College have places in congress, the white house etc. Communications Not only that, but there Association (BCCA), was a time where women College Media Advisors Association couldn’t even vote and we (CMA) and National fought to get those rights so I Asscociation of Black can’t see why we can’t do the same and get a female Journalists (NABJ). president. ADVERTISER MEMBERSHIPP I also believe that having The Voice of the a female president would Wildcats subscribes be better for our country as to the 360 Youth well. When you look at other countries that have females in Send a high position, their way of Correspondence to: living is a lot better. Editor For example, in certain The VOICE, Fine Arts countries when there were Building mass shootings they took Room 124 action and made gun laws 640 Dr. Mary which either reduced or McLeod Bethune ended mass shootings all Blvd. together. And here in Daytona Beach, FL America you have men who 32114 have this whole idea that gun Phone: (386) 481control is not the answer and 2707 that it won’t solve anything. voiceofthewildcats@ Long story short, we gmail.com need women in these type of positions because if we

continue to have men making all the rules and running the country for us, nothing good can come from it, just look at what Donald Trump has been doing.

“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher. Terry Gilliam: I do not think it is time for a woman president because America just got over having a black president. I believe this is a white America and they aren’t ready for a female president nor another black president, especially after the American people elected Donald Trump. It seems like America is going backward. I definitely don’t think America is ready for a democratic female president, I feel like half the world will explode. I believe if America will have a female president, nobody will respect her and everyone will block what she will try to get done. Loron Robles: A woman could make a incredible president and we need a female president inside the United States. Thea Shaw: I believe that the world is ready for a female president. If they allow a fool like Donald Trump in the White House, why can't we have a female president? We have proven before that the president can be someone other than a white man. Barack Obama was our proof of that. Do I think it will be easy? No, I do not. Most men

cannot watch a woman control the world and take charge, as we have seen in the multiple times that Hillary Clinton ran for president and lost each time. Even when she ran against Donald Trump--and we all know he was not the best choice for president--some people even question the decision making of a woman. A woman puts more care and more time into things and some may say “who’s to say she won’t act out of emotion.” You would think after the emotional president we have that they would give women a chance. A man could never see a woman on the same level as him. Even back in biblical times. There is a story of a woman named Lilith. She was the first wife of Adam but Adam was not fond of her because she was equal to him. She refused to bow down to him. Adam wanted her to be more submissive. So, Lilith decided to leave. This just goes to say when a woman is brought up in the topic of being the president there is a hesitation but, when a man is brought up there’s no hesitation. We just have to realize that the world we live in is very sexist. I put it an emphasis on the “world.” Why? Because women all around the world are mistreated, especially in foreign countries. There are countries where women aren't able to do anything without the ‘OK” of a man or aren’t able to do anything more than cook and clean. Some can't even go to school …. When voting first started men were able to vote but women were not. Even African-American men were allowed before women. When voting first started men were able to vote but women were not. Even African-American men were allowed before women. Overall, I do believe that

a woman could be president but the world has to open up and allow new growth. They have to allow new opportunities for women. They cannot continue the same cycle. Jasmine Boateng: We live in a world where women are not backing down. We also live in a world where our president’s name is Donald Trump, so can you blame them? Anything is possible, but is the world really ready for a WOMAN? Women have been on the back burner for years. We always find ourselves just being there for moral support. Well, this year females are ready to face off with the “head of the households” aka men. In many cultures women are told to stay home and take care of the house. It’s no secret that politics is a male dominate industry. Yet we still have a few female gems that weren’t phased at all. House speaker Nancy Pelosi, Judge Ruth Ginsburg, former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Senator Hilary Clinton all hold great titles and represent women well but guess what’s missing? President, and that’s what the world isn’t ready for but we don’t care. Women it is now. Women it is 2020. The presidency doesn’t deserve a gender, but every gender deserves a chance. Aijah Rolle: Women should be able to become the president. Women have the same qualities as men and therefore should have the same rights as men. Most women are weaker than men, but that doesn't mean ALL of them are weak. There must be some men in the world who are weaker than women. Probabilistic assumptions should not be taken. People Continued to page 3.



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Cox Media welcomes B-CU students

Photos by Salvador Victor

Students from the mass communications department travel to Orlando recently to visit the radio and television stations owned by Cox Media. Besides touring the facilities, students had a chance to meet with television and radio personalities. Channel 9 anchor Vanessa Echos (purple dress) took time to talk with B-CU students.

Dawn Campbell (blue dress) poses with mass communication students during tour.

B-CU radio personalities Krysten Bookart, far left, and Amanda Ali, bottom left, take note from one of the various Cox DJs on staff.

B-CU students cast a glance in one of the studios while strolling the halls at Cox Media. B-CU students, Amanda Ali, Nadia Reese, Claudio Arteta and others engage in studio cono at Cox Media.

President continued from page 2 should be judged by their personality and characteristics, not by their sex. Everyone has different qualities and weaknesses, whether they are male or female and everyone has the same chance of having a quality or a weakness. Whether or not you believe there has been a war on women by the rightwing, women's rights have definitely suffered some major setbacks over the past decade. In 2014 alone, we saw the elimination of buffer zones at abortion clinics, and a Supreme Court ruling that allowed Hobby Lobby and other small companies to deny birth control coverage for religious reasons. Hillary Clinton has a long record of advocating for the role of women in public discourse,

and having her in the White House would be a huge victory for the rights of women, not just for women in politics. Clinton told The New York Times in 2009 that society cannot progress until women are treated with equality. If Clinton had been elected, it would have be a big step toward making it less unusual to see women in positions of authority in Washington and other parts of the country (and hopefully the world). Women candidates wouldn't have to field stupid questions about why they're running as a woman. The more women who hold office, the less anomalous it seems. Clinton, if elected, would bring a long list of skills and qualities to the office that have nothing to do with being a woman—but the simple fact of having a woman in the office would go a great distance toward

normalizing the ideal of women in positions of leadership. Then, finally, we could see an end to the hot takes about whether the country is ready for a female president. That shouldn't be the question, instead, we should be asking: Which woman is going to be president next? “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” - Margaret Thatcher. Elijah Morris: Do we need an emotional soft-hearted caring woman as president? Of course, we do since the beginning of this country it was women who have helped the presidency through thick and thin. Continued to page 4.



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“Just a great team effort. These guys have had some real, real serious adversity the last three weeks." - Terry Sims Kick returner Que'shaun Byrd (5) dodging Florida A&M opponents during a play at the 40th annual Florida Classic. Thomas having to give up his slot as a wideout to become the Cats’ emergency kicker who went 4-4 in PAT’s and 1-2 in field goals. What about Linebacker Devin James coming up with a huge fumble recovery in the third quarter and the game sealing first interception of his life with less than two minutes to go.

President Chrite speaking after Wildcats vs Rattlers Classic game. This win was much bigger than a football victory. It was a statement of validation that the Wildcats and

the Wildcat Nation believes in its hashtag #PreyTogether. It was a total team effort that is born out in the stats and in the storyline. Isaac Washington’s 15-yard run with 2:14 remaining and James’ interception helped the Wildcats (7-4 overall, 5-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic) snap a three-game losing streak, a nine-game Rattler (9-2,7-1) run and most importantly, extend that winning streak in HBCU’s most prestigious rivalry to nine a row, “Just a great team effort. These guys have had some real, real serious adversity the last three weeks,” said B-CU head coach Terry Sims. “We’ve lost some games that we felt like we should not have dropped but they didn’t quit," Sims said. "They kept practicing hard. They kept preparing. And, you know, I think anyone that watched that game tonight, they saw 'bend but don’t break'."

Head football coach Terry Sims raises the trophy after winning the Florida Classic for the 9th year in a row. Photos and Information from B-CU Athletics



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The only difference is the titles that they were given. The president is supposed to represent insert an image upon the nation. The role means you have to be strong powerful and willing to make decisions. First Lady Michelle Obama would have been the perfect president. Her accomplishment as the first lady was to be the backbone of President Barack Obama's time in office. She wrote his speeches, she changed the nutrition system of America, she helped the president with Obama Care. She was the image of what represented the black representation of America of success. Even Barack Obama said he

couldn't be president if it wasn't for Michelle Obama. So one of the presidents says they could have done it without their first lady why is it so hard to believe that they can be president. According to https://www. pewsocialtrends.org/2018/09/20/ women-and-leadership-2018/ "The survey also finds that Americans largely see men and women as equally capable when it comes to some key qualities and behaviors that are essential for leadership, even as a majority (57 percent say men and women in top positions in business and politics tend to have different leadership styles. Among those who say men and women approach leadership

differently, 62 percent say neither is better, while 22 percent say women generally have a better approach and 15 percent say men do." Another point of having a female president would be to evolve as a country as a whole. If we remain the same as a country we were 200 years ago until 200 years after our country will not grow it will only fail greater. Since we have had men in office there's been meaningless wars, poverty, hunger across the nation, etc. Now I'm not saying having a female president will stop these things but trying something over a thousand times can lead to insanity.

Timothy McVeigh, according to a story at NPR.org. B-CU President E. LaBrente Chrie said officials were aware of the incident when the invitation was extended. “ His comments regarding Muslims was not his finest hour and they clearly are not consistent with the values of B-CU,” Chrite said. “Frankly, I was surprised and disappointed in them (and I do not believe they reflect his beliefs). But he has a lifetime of work that is also part of his record and this is what I am focused on at this point.” “He is a highly respected, thoughtful and distinguished journalist, writer and historian.,” Chrite said about Williams. “His “Eyes on the Prize” as well as his “American Revolutionary” Continued to page 7



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Q &A with SGA president Jerykah Thomas

By Voice Staff

What would Dr. Bethune think of your successes thus far as president? Dr. Bethune was a fearless woman that went against the status-quo. She did things that were out of the box and sometimes risky, but ultimately beneficial to her students and her community. I aspire to be a woman with that kind of assertiveness and determination in a position like this. I am nowhere near that level as of yet; but it is still a work in progress that I hope to fulfil in life.

How has your major benefitted you thus far? Your goals? Being a product of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship has benefitted me significantly. It has allowed me to be the recipient of many scholarships through the institution and UNCF. There are many scholarship, internship, and job opportunities that are offered to business majors that have brIn addition, my major has enhanced my knowledge of international business affairs. This knowledge will help me in the long- run because i will be traveling overseas to Germany, after graduation, to be with my husband while he serves our country in the U.S. Army. In addition, My goal is to receive my masters in architecture design with aspirations to be the founder and CEO of my own interior/ commercial design firm.

Any advice to freshmen and sophomores? If I could give any advice to freshmen and sophomores, it would be to set a strong foundation and build healthy relationships with peers and professors. The first two years of your college experience are the most critical in ensuring that you are on the right track to graduate on time. Maintaining your GPA and good standing with the University, and the people around you, allows for you to be engaged in the activities and organizations around campus which will ultimately improve your overall college experience. Also, one thing that I wish I would have taken more seriously in my first two years, was the importance of minimizing college debt through scholarships. I would highly recommend for Freshmen and Sophomores to apply for scholarships year-round so that they can reduce the burden of having to pay student loans off when they graduate.

Why student government? Being a part of the governing body of students is something that is needed to ensure that the students concerns are being heard. And that is what I wanted to be a part of. Knowing that I am assisting in carrying out a mission for the student by the students for a cause greater than myself is the best feeling imaginable.

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Keeping weight off during the holidays requires planning

PBM: Men on a mission By Hunter Astrop

By Sierra Perry There are so many amazing things that come along with the holidays. Spending time with family, decorating the house, buying gifts for special people just to name a few. But, perhaps the best part about the holidays is the scrumptious food. Holiday dishes, from honey ham to candied yams, cannot be beat. Of course, like anything else, too much of anything can be a bad thing. For example, too much of grandma’s sweet potato pie can add pounds within days. There are ways to enjoy holiday food and still return back work/school looking great, doctors say. Diana Lee, a medical doctor and director of Odessa Chambliss Center of Health Equity here at Bethune-Cookman University, said keeping weight off during the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful if people remember to do a few things. “The holiday season tends to be festive and joyful and we always focus on the food which is okay,” Lee said in a recent interview. “The best way to stray healthy during the holidays is to continue to stay hydrated. Drinking water and preferably liquids that don’t contain much sugar.

Furthermore, she said, staying active helps since it is not always possible to stick to a meal plan if visiting family and friends. “But we can plan what we can do afterwards. For example, you can take a walk around the neighborhood or the mall. Just do things that are simple and easy.” Lee also said that holiday weight gain tends to target people age 40 and over more compared to young people. “As we get older. our lean muscle mass decreases making it harder for us to burn calories. Someone younger has more muscles mass making it easier for them to burn calories while exercising,” she said. So, what is the best exercise to do to keep those pounds off and what time is the best time to exercise? “The best exercise is the exercise that we can really stick with. For most people walking is the easiest thing to do.” Lee said. “It’s always advisable to stretch exercises and some weight lifting. The best exercise is really what we like to do. As far as the best time to exercise research says the best time to exercise is in the morning because that’s


Dr. Diana Lee

Photo by Dr. Diana Lee.

when we are fresh out of bed, well rested, and we have more energy to do them.” Meanwhile, B-CU athletic trainer and senior Rennae Morgan said she is well aware of how tempting it can be to overeat during the holidays. Morgan had this advice: “While the delicious food is cooking, a couple of squats and crunches won’t hurt. Meaning, we all know holidays is the time to Rennae Morgan Photo by Rennae Morgan. pig out and go crazy with your family. So why not set up a simply workout schedule where you can take care of your body and make more room in your stomach.”

"Collective knowledge. Collective effort. And, collective strength". That is the motto of Progressive Black Men Inc., a 501 c (3) non-profit service organization here at Bethune-Cookman University. The organization strives to improve the African--American community through eradicating the negative stereotypes through academics, communal support and fellowshipping with one another, membership chairman Darnez Stovall said. The campus chapter was slated to inducted 18 new members on Dec. 7, at the end of the fall 2019 semester. “We are a service organization with a total of 11 undergraduate chapters and 2 professional chapDenzel Stovall ters focusing on service to better ourselves and our communities,” Stovall, a senior mass communication major, said in a recent interview. Besides the chapter here, he said, there are undergraduate chapters at Howard University, Florida A&M University, and Georgia Southern University, as well as predominately white institutions such as Florida State University, University of Florida, Florida International University, University of South Florida, University of Central Florida, St. Leo University, and Florida Atlantic University. “We even have a sister organization, SISTUHS, that help with the uphold of our mission and purpose,” Stovall said/ The chapters provide campus and communities with many different service events such as food drives, campus cleanups, and informational meetings to keep students up to date on what’s going on. “Our new members have been working extremely hard learning how our organization operates, as well as proposing new service ideas to provide to our institution and community,” Stovall said.

B-CU senior looking forward to post-graduation future By Sierra Perry

Though college is an experience that no one will ever forget, college graduation is an achievement that is both unforgettable and exhilarating. Voice of the Wildcats interviewed senior Benjamin Simmons, who will be walking the stage into adulthood on December 14, 2019. Q. What does life looks like after graduation? A. “Right now, I am still in the process of finalizing my post-graduate plans and won't have a completed plan until next week. However, I plan to go straight into the workforce as a communications

specialist at a University or public relations firm before starting graduate school in August 2020.” Q. What do you believe bought you this far? A. “The major push that has gotten me to the point where I am now is my faith in God. I know that without him, I honestly would not be where I am, and for that I am so grateful! I also think that my determination and passion for my dreams has really fueled me to be where I am today. Although I'm not where I want to be yet, I know that my fiery dedication will reward me

throughout my career” Q. How does it feel to be so close to the finish line? A. “ Right now, it is unbelievable that I am this close to being a college graduate! I feel like I just left high school. However, it feels great knowing that a goal I’ve had since middle school is about to be completed. I can't wait!” Q. If you could go back to your freshman year, what advice would you have for your younger self? A. ”Among the several things I

Benjamin Simmons would say, one thing that I would stress is to NOT stress so much. Have fun and enjoy the experience. I would also remind myself not to question the works of God and understand that whatever he's doing, is working for my good.”



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Tech devices at the top of holiday shopping list By Nadia Reese Apple products and Smartphones come out every year, but only one device can be the highest selling product over the holidays. At some phone companies such as Boost Mobile, the IPhone may not be the best selling item. ”The IPhone is expensive, ” says Nelson Gamez, a sales representative for Boost Mobile in Daytona Beach, Florida. “Not everyone wants the IPhone and the Samsung Galaxy 8 20 is cheaper.” Most people will purchase headphones or Earpods for the holiday, according to the statistics from the Consumer Technology Association. The association predicts that technology spending during the 2019 holiday season (October-December) is projected to reach $97.1 billion in revenue in the U.S. – on par with last year’s actual spending. CTA’s 26th Annual Consumer Technology Holiday Purchase Patterns Study indicate that 186 million U.S. adults or 74 percent plan to purchase a tech product as a gift this year – with streaming service subscriptions and video games emerging as popular tech gifts. Seven-in-ten U.S. adults or 71 percent plan to purchase a con-

tent-related gift this year, which includes videogame discs (43 percent) and streaming or download entertainment services such as Netflix or Hulu (39 percent). “We are in the golden age of content as more people consume more content across more devices,” said Lesley Rohrbaugh, director of market research for CTA in a

statement. “New video streaming services, more 4K Ultra HD content and larger screens on TVs and smartphones are putting entertainment on gift lists this holiday. Screens like laptops, smartphones and TVs will top wish lists and we’ll see a rise in emerging tech categories like smart home devices and wearables too.” Students surveyed said they buy

whatever is the latest or is the most convenient for themselves. “I want a MacBook,” said Jami Vaughan, a junior here at Bethune-Cookman University. Karmie Wigfall, another B-CU junior, has her eye on one of the most popular technology items this year. "I want an IPad or an IPhone,” Wigfall said.

Commencement continued from page 4 (biography of Thurgood Marshall) are iconic and he speaks truth to power. He represents what is best of our community in my view." Meanwhile, Williams also spent 23 years at The Washington Post. During his tenure there, he covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national correspondent and a political columnist. A recipient of several awards for his writ-

ing and investigative journalism, he also won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and has received widespread critical acclaim for numerous projects, including a series of documentaries, including: "Politics: The New Black Power" and "A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom." He is the author of six books, including the non-fiction bestseller, "Eyes on the Prize:

America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" and "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary"which landed on BookBub's "40 Best Biographies of all Time." Information from B-CU Communication was used in this story.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that is celebrated in the United States, as well as other countries with populations of African descendants. It is a holiday which celebrates and honors African culture in not only

the African-American community but also in the World African community. This holiday is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st.


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See mass communication seniors Josue Juene and Mariah Franklin's latest feature short film "Isn't She Lovely" available now on MOJO Production's Youtube page.