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Case students to tell what Black History Month means to them

Several Case Western Reserve University students will creatively communicate what Black History Month means to them from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, at the Thwing Center Atrium.

“Through the Eyes of the Case African American Students” will feature songs, musical selections, speeches, poetry and a soul food sampling. The free event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Thwing Center, is open to the campus community.

“This is about honoring the past, crediting the present and inspiring the future,” said Dr. Deborale Richardson-Bouie, director of Case’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. “Our hope is that along the way we can educate and enlighten folks about the impact African Americans have had in the country.”

Some students will perform known pieces, while others will introduce original creations. The selections are diverse, ranging from Christina Billy, a freshman majoring in nursing, reciting the Maya Angelou poem “Still I Rise,” to junior biomedical engineering major Chris Pulliam reciting an original speech entitled “Mirror Image.”

Ashley Williams, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, will perform the Lauryn Hill version of the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” About the selection, Williams stated, “I chose this song because to me it represents rising up no matter what the situation. The song reminds me that in the times of depression and strife, it is important to keep your head up and your heart full of hope.”

Civil engineering student Myron Matlock will perform a piece composed by J.S. Bach. “The reason I am playing songs on my cello is to demonstrate one way that African Americans are breaking into new endeavors that we have not been in before. In my case, I’m playing a stringed instrument in a symphonic orchestra. It might be a small involvement now, but I’m sure that the diversity will continue to increase,” states the junior about his selection for the program.

Arlet Wright, program coordinator with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said this event is something the campus community shouldn’t miss. “This is the first time the students have truly selected pieces that represent them—that’s why this is so special. These are their voices.”

For more information, contact Kristen Deaton at 216-368-4906 or Arlet Wright at 216-368-2904.


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.