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Campus Commemorates Black History Month



Mar 17, 2014

The Florence Campus observed Black History Month with a presentation by adjunct faculty member David White.  David spoke about the history and impact that major civil rights organizations have had on the struggle for racial equality and justice. He discussed how the NAACP started in 1909 and worked for African Americans to have a political voice.  He mentioned that this organization is still very active today in helping with the ongoing challenges of voting rights and discrimination.

Among the other organizations that he included were CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) which coordinated the Freedom Rides of the early 1960s, and the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) which was active in the sit-in movement and voter registration.  Before he concluded, David spoke about the shift in the civil rights movement in the mid to late 1960s with the Black Panther Party’s emphasis on black power and community involvement.  As business management student Fatou Thomas stated, “I loved how Mr. White showed how Martin Luther King Jr. used peaceful nonviolence in the fight for social justice and the Black Panthers rejected it.”

Adjunct faculty member David White, spoke about the history and impact that major civil rights organizations had on the struggle for racial equality and justice. 

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