Honoring a Proud Tradition: Michigan Tech Celebrates Black History Month
We have all heard of Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X, to name just a few famous African Americans. It is the contributions of well-known and many lesser-known African Americans that we honor during Black History Month.
In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, known as the “Father of Black History Month,” originally established Negro History Week to raise awareness of the contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, to the development of our nation. As a son of slaves, Woodson knew first-hand the value of education. He earned his PhD from Harvard University in 1912, the second African American to have done so. A half century later, in 1976, the month of February was designated as Black History Month.
Michigan Technological University also honors the African American community during Black History Month. Throughout the month of February, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) has collaborated with students of color in creating a social media photo campaign.
Showcased in the exhibit are organizations and students of color throughout Michigan Tech’s history. Anyone wanting to get involved in this project should stop by the center.
Other Black History Month activities at Michigan Tech include solidarity and poetry workshops and readings by J Mase III February 11-12, and Spike Lee's film "Malcolm X," shown on Feb. 24.
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