Black History Month – Engaging Students

I encourage you to take time to personally and communally learn more about the social, cultural, political, arts, and historical impact of the African-American experience. Challenge yourself to explore aspects that are new or unfamiliar to you. Seek out the richness of African- American literature, poetry, or film. Dig deeper into our collective history to affirm or dispel lessons previously learned.

More importantly, find a way this month to integrate some manifestation of African-American history into the context of your class referencing an individual, event, scientific breakthrough, business phenomena, literary point of interest, or political/legal challenge that is now part of our social fabric.

Some of my sources of inspiration and knowledge include: comedian, author and activist Dick Gregory; authors: Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Nora Thurston Zeale, Ann Fairbairn, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison; musician and saxophonist John Handy; Blues/rock artist Gary Clarke Jr., scientists: Alice Ball, Katherine Johnson, George Washington Carver; and educational leaders and civil rights activists: Daisey Bates, Angela Davis, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.

Watch for Black History Months events on campus.