Some students felt that Black History wasn’t honored enough at Saint Leo. Dr. Heather R. Parker, Professor of Social Sciences, disagrees. “Saint Leo University has a Martin Luther King speaker every year,” this year it was Al Duncan, whose presentation was covered by The Lions’ Pride. Dr. Parker also mentioned that the School of Arts and Sciences hosts Black History Month events every other year, rotating with Women’s History Month. A few examples of these events were a presentation called“The Black Athlete in America,” and Poet Valada Flewellyn.
Some students pointed out the important people and events in Black History. “Well there is President Obama’s election,” Ravin Forde stated. “And Sydney Poiter is an important person in Black History,” and he was the first black person to win the Academy Award. Father Stephan has enlightened me with a plethora of events that happened. He stated that in 1494, there were two African Americans who sailed the ocean with Christopher Columbus. In 1563, the first African Americans landed in Spain, and most spoke Spanish.
These students I interviewed provided some insight to the importance of the events in Black History. Some people have been thrown into the back burner of history, “Harriet Tubman. I feel they don’t talk about her a lot these days,” Ravin stated. Harriet Tubman was one of the people in Black History that created the Underground Railroad. There are people such as George Washington Carver; he provided many uses of peanuts, from peanut butter to shampoo.
It seems like everyone did their part in honoring Black History Month. As black American people, it is good to know where we’ve come from and where we are going along the way. We’ve come a long way from where we’ve been.