February 21, 2008

Students will offer personal reflections on Black History Month at February 22 event

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In honor of Case Western Reserve University's observance of Black History Month, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Thwing Center will present "Through the Eyes of Case African American Students," from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., February 22 in Thwing Center.

Students will offer their own personal reflections on the past, present and future in a variety of creative ways, including dramatic readings, songs and poetry. A few of the scheduled presentations include a performance of the song Wade in the Water from campus gospel ensemble Voices of Glory, and original poems from computer engineering major Mahmoud Audu ("The Path with a Trail") and chemical engineering major Monica Taylor ("My Black Is Beautiful").

In addition to the student presentations, the event will feature free samples of food for the soul (soul food).

This is the third year that OMA and Thwing Center have sponsored the programming, which aims to increase the campus community's awareness of Black History Month and the achievements of African Americans.

Black History Month has origins dating back to 1926, when Harvard University scholar Carter G. Woodson organized events to recognize the contributions of African Americans. The university has its own notable connections to African American historical accomplishments, including :

  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African American woman from Ohio elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Tubbs Jones, who represents the 11th Congressional District, is a double alumna: she earned her bachelor's degree in social work from Flora Stone Mather College in 1971, and her law degree in 1974.
  • David Satcher, who became the 16th Surgeon General of the United States in 1998, a position he held through 2002. Satcher earned his medical and doctoral degrees from the university.
  • The late Lieutenant General Benjamin O. Davis Jr. of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, the first black man to earn a star in the United States Air Force. Davis began his academic career at Adelbert College.

The student event is just one way to showcase the talents of Case Western Reserve students who might someday make their own mark in history.

For more information about the event, call Arlet Wright at 368-2904, or Colleen Barker-Williamson at 368-2976.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, February 21, 2008 02:44 PM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, HeadlinesMain

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