STILL INVOLVED 50 YEARS LATER — My Alma Mater, Kent State University, where Black History Month originated in 1970.
50 years ago, 1970 — four Pioneers Carl Gregory, later identified as Saidi Dhati, Dwayne White, later identified as Ibrahim Al–Khafiz, Dr. Edward W. Crosby and Dr. Milton E. Wilson, all of Kent State University — created and recorded the first Black History Month Celebration. Saidi and Ibrahim, both students at the time mentioned, “the achievements of people of color should be celebrated longer than a week.” At the time, Carter G. Woodson had formed Black History Week, better known as “Negro Week.” Dr. Edward and Dr. Milton, both Kent State University administrators, worked with Saidi and Ibrahim to make Black History Month official. On Saturday February 15, 2020, Kent State University celebrated 50 Years of Black History and honored our four pioneers of Black History Month. In attendance was alumni author Jameel Davis, who was featured in the presentation for making his mark in his community and beyond. He is currently nominated for the 2020 Kent State University Alumni Distinguished Citizen Award.
The 50th Celebration included:
David Coleman, Master Drummer, Pan-African Studies — African Drum Call
Dr. Amoaba Gooden, Chair, Department of Pan-African Studies — Welcome
Yayra Tamkole, Student Singer, Kent State University — “Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Dr. Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University — Reflections
Patrick Ferguson, President, Black United Students (BUS) — Black United Students at 50
Bobby Selvaggio, Director, KSU Jazz Orchestra — I Have A Dream
Dean E. Timothy Moore, Professor Emeritus, Pan-African Studies & Dr. Silas Ashley, President, KSU Black Alumni Chapter — 50 Years of Celebrating Black History Month at Kent State University
Dr. Tameka Ellington, Professor, The Fashion School — Tapestry (Carl Gregory, Dwayne White, Dr. Edward Crosby, Dr. Milton Wilson)
And a host of Beautiful People of Color, who are working collectively to continue the legacy of Black History Month, by contributing their own efforts toward the successes and advancement of our people.
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Thank You Kent State University for featuring me in your 50th Anniversary Celebration of Black History Month presentation – Jameel Davis
Happy Black History Month and Thank You Kent State University for 50 Years!!
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