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Michigan Tech Celebrates Black History Month

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By Danny Messinger


Last Modified 5:00 PM, February 10, 2012

Students gather last year for Michigan Tech's MLK "I Have a Dream" speech and peace march

February 8, 2012—

The Black Student Association (BSA) has kicked off its celebration of Black History Month—a four-week-long recognition of the challenges and accomplishments of black Americans.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month events at Michigan Tech is “Black People in Focus: Educating Blacks in America.” Tayloria Adams, president of BSA, says she aims to bring light to the challenges that black students face in higher education, including at Tech.

The first event, held Feb. 1, looked at the history of enrollment statistics for black students at Tech.

“The event went really well,” said Adams. “We had Tech alums give accounts about what Tech was like in the 80s and 90s, and a current student talked about what Tech is like today for black students.”

The following events are planned for the remainder of the month:

  • Access and Opportunities for Blacks in Silicon Valley, Thursday, Feb. 16, Fisher 138, 6-7:30 p.m.
    Tech alum Hajj Flemings will talk about access to education and entrepreneurial resources for black students. Flemings was featured in the CNN documentary “Black in America.”
  • “Waiting for Superman,” Wednesday, Feb. 22, M&M Building U115, 6-8:30 p.m.
    A documentary following public school students as they go through the lottery selection process for charter schools. Shezwae Fleming, director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, will lead a discussion following the film.
  • Addressing “Sense of Belonging” for Minorities in STEM, Thursday, Feb. 23, Fisher 230, noon-1 p.m.
    This lunch-and-learn presentation by Tech alum Kari L. Jordan looks at the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics community, and the struggles some minorities have to find their fit. The event is free, but please RSVP to Lori Weir (llweir@mtu.edu) by February 21.
  • African Night, Saturday, Feb. 25, Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, 7:30-10 p.m.
    As the capstone event of the Black History Month celebration, African Night will reflect on significant periods throughout African history through dance and song. Please contact the Rozsa Center for pricing and tickets at 906-487-3200.

Adams says she hopes the variety of events will help educate people about the many challenges for black students.

“Michigan Tech can be such an extreme place sometimes,” she said. “The weather is extreme; the culture is extreme. I hope we can bring attention to potential challenges black students everywhere face, and that we can make a positive difference.”

All events include refreshments and are free, unless otherwise noted.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.