Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Preserving Black History

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Preserving Black History

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After "loaning" out my column for the last two editions, I'm excited to share our Black history month editions with you. In this edition of Black Issues, we have focused on Black cultural centers and their importance, relevance and future on college campuses. I can remember at my alma mater the Black cultural center served as a refuge as it does on so many campuses. And although I cannot speak for all of my African American classmates, most of us did not seek refuge at the center because we felt unwelcome on campus, but because it was a place where we could enjoy each other's company and talk honestly and openly about what was going on on campus. We enjoyed visiting lecturers, reunions, and four years worth of Kwanzaa and Black history month celebrations. And with the Black student population being fairly small, the center made it possible for us to at least see who each other were.

The center was popular among Black students, but it caused some divisiveness as student groups of various ethnicities expressed their frustration to the administration and student government on a yearly basis about the unfairness of having just a Black cultural center on campus (there was an international student center as well). Every year we felt threatened that one day we might wake up and find that the Black cultural center was now a "multicultural center." Our executive director always reminded us that other groups were "eyeing" our house, so we might want to take advantage of its resources, such as the computers, reference books and study space, on a more regular basis. The house still belongs to the Black students but from what I hear the debate over centers for the other student groups continues.

Therefore, I was encouraged after reading David Hefner's article that even in the current political and racial climate, colleges and universities are still building Black cultural centers and renovating others. …

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