SIUE Black Heritage Month Closed Out with Inspiring Events
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Randy Pembrook, along with SIUE Emeritus English Professor Eugene B. Redmond, participated in the University’s Black Heritage Month closing ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Pembrook reiterated the University’s commitment to diversity and expressed the importance of the contributions of black people at SIUE and throughout the country.
“The influence of African Americans in all areas of our society, including art, business, education, the health sciences, medicine, and more enriches our culture and makes us stronger as a nation,” said Pembrook. “Black Heritage Month at SIUE has provided an opportunity to reflect on those contributions. We have looked back at historic moments and events from the past but also anticipate recognizing and celebrating accomplishments in the future as our faculty, staff and students continue to shape a changing world.”
Redmond, poet laureate of East St. Louis and editor of Drumvoices Revue, recited some of his original work and talked about the vast impact of the black diaspora the world over.
Ta’Nia Jordan, chair of the Black Heritage Month Committee, displayed her painting at the celebration, which was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB).
On Feb. 27, the Student Nursing Association (SNAP) at SIUE and CAB hosted “Deeper Than Just Color: A Privilege Exercise.” Participants took a step forward or backward depending upon their answer to the questions asked.
“SIUE is working to become more inclusive,” said SNAP President Danielle Lee. “What happened today, and the events held throughout Black Heritage Month, are steps is a step in the right direction.”
Photos: SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook
SIUE Emeritus English Professor Eugene B. Redmond
Ta’Nia Jordan, chair of the Black Heritage Month Committee, talks about her painting.
Student Nursing Association (SNAP) President Danielle Lee addresses the crowd.