ERIC Number: EJ763132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb-23
Reference Count: N/A
Celebration or Placebo?
Keels, Crystal L.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v23 n1 p28-31 Feb 2006
In recent years, questions have been posed about the relevance of Black History Month and related celebrations, particularly those in institutions of higher education. Some of the events that are listed under Black History Month celebrations are only loosely associated with anything Black or historical. Black History Month celebrations at some schools have become little more than excuses for a party. For example, Central Michigan University is touting a concert by Atlanta rapper Ludacris as part of its celebration. Tennessee State University, an HBCU, featured the Miss Nubian Queen Pageant. A year ago, the Bronx Zoo got into the act, deciding to highlight its animals from Africa during February. Despite some of the unusual events, many administrators still advocate Black History Month. They believe that Black history should be part of the year-round curriculum, but that Black History Month observances should remain in place as well, with some changes to more accurately reflect the original spirit of the celebration.
Descriptors: African American History, Recognition (Achievement), Higher Education, College Faculty, Colleges, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Tennessee