Norfolk State University kicked off its annual Black History Month observance during its Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March on January 12. Visit the NSU Newsroom for news releases about that event's guest speaker. A plethora of special events and activities will continue through the rest of January until February 28. Join us for this issue of Spartan Life Radio as we talk to major players on the NSU Black History Month Committee including chairman Dr. Khadijah Miller, Associate Professor/Chair for the Department of History & Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Miller will be joined by professors Erica Russell, (hip hop and psychology); Robert Perkins, (program on policing); Patrice Smith, CSET; Geoff de Laforcade (talk about Fidel Castro); Kay Lewis (Black Lives Matter) and Marcus Harrison (residence life) . . . members of the committee and presenters.
The national Black History Month theme for 2017 is the Crisis in Black Education, which focuses on the crucial role of education in the history of African Americans. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s founder, Carter G. Woodson, once wrote that, “if you teach the Negro that he has accomplished as much good as any other race, he will aspire to equality and justice without regard to race.” Woodson understood the implications associated with the denial of access to knowledge and he called attention to the crisis. The crisis in black education first began in the days of slavery when it was unlawful for slaves to learn to read and write.
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