Black History Month at Alliant

 

In February 2008 during Black History Month, the lives of a handful of Alliant faculty, administrators and alumni/ae of African descent were showcased. These men and women have enriched the Alliant community in innumerable ways and their lives embody the university’s commitment to culturally competent professional practice that transforms the lives of the least of these.

Throughout U.S. history, people of African descent have been denigrated. While the most egregious forms of racism—slavery and Jim Crow laws—have been abolished, the stigmatization and marginalization continue. The recent spate of noose hangings—a symbol of lynching which was a common practice well into the 20th century—is an obvious reminder of the ongoing problem. Marginalization begets invisibility. And because of this, Black History Month, celebrated during February, is especially important, as it shines a much-needed light on African American accomplishments, strengths, and continued struggles. Black History Month helps to take us beyond the prevailing popular culture images and icons and to see the everyday heroes, then and now, who have shaped this country and the world.

Please read, listen and open your heart to both the contributions and the continued needs of people of African descent. Special thanks are offered to Dr. Lenore Tate, an Alliant alumna and core faculty at California School of Forensic Studies, Sacramento, for conceiving of this project.

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