Black Heritage Night Connects Education and Social Activism
NEWARK, Ohio, March 9, 2017 – Black History Month may be over, but the lessons learned by students at The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will continue on. The Black Heritage Committee (BHC) held its annual dinner last month and educated students about past and present conditions of the black education system.
The 14th Annual Black Heritage Event “Remember, Educate, Celebrate” centered on the black education system in America from the early 1900s to present. The event gives African American students the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership abilities and lead a program that displays cultural awareness through historical facts.
“Students, staff and faculty in higher education and community members must be reminded that equality does not exist for all of us. As educators and concerned citizens, we all have a stake in providing positive environments for all children to grow and learn,” said Vorley Taylor, project manager in the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
The event featured keynote speaker Dr. Tiyi Morris, associate professor of African American and African studies at Ohio State Newark. Morris spoke on the Black educational experience in America from the 1800s to present. Students, faculty and staff listened intently as Morris described the history of how African Americans fought for the right to education.
Morris asserted that today we are revisiting what happened in the 1950s and 1960s in relation to the black education experience. “White supremacy is not static; it has evolved to counter Black progress. The more Blacks have advanced, the greater the repression and backlash has returned. This can clearly be seen with the current political state of this country. Nevertheless, Blacks persisted.”
Taylor invited Morris to speak on her knowledge of the Black education system, its history and the negative and unequal treatment for students of color. “Dr. Morris is a professor who studies implicit bias involving secondary education’s administration, administrators and teachers as it relates to students of color.”
The event also consisted of entertainment following the dinner and lecture. Students read poetry, sang and performed dance routines reflecting Black history, heritage and current attitudes towards the social and political world.
The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors. It’s where learning comes to life. Research, study abroad and service learning opportunities prepare students for their careers in ways they never expected.
Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that’s challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State’s more than 200 majors.