Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-02-111
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f 1b i y O N D3?T h e i ii i i v - ' :'''c " Volume 3 Issue 1 7 iv, , -r MJ . J -a L mJ. 'J H E S I G N POST V.X yy WEBER STATE month emphasizes blaek history, eulture By Tanna Barry news editor-The Signpost A month of celebration and education is devoted to helping people understand that to know black history is to also know American history. "In other words, when we talk about black history it is "important to understand that some of the major achievements and challenges happened in the lives of black Americans," said Forrest Crawford, associate professor of education. 'This is really about the American story." Herman Hooten, African-American counselor for services of multicultural students, agreed that there is a lot ofAfrican-American history intertwined with the national, stale and local history. Hooten talked about Green Flake. Hark Lay and Oscar Crosby, three black men who came across the plains and settled in Utah with the Mormon pioneers. "Most folks just let it go over their heads," he said. "But those three names are on the Brigham Young Monument down in Salt Lake City." Gene Sessions, history professor, said that Green Flake was the son of James Flake in Mississippi. James Flake lent the slaves and the carriage to Brigham Young for the ride across the plains in 1847. He said that few people realize that this happened. 'The thing that is important to remember is that they played an important' part in the settlement of Utah." Sessions said. "They came at the very beginning with the original . pioneers." Sessions said many other black people came to Utah during the first decades of Utah history. Some of these people were Mormons and others came with Southern Mormons as slaves, according to Richard Ulibarri, assistant to the president for diversity and history professor. Hooten and Crawford both said that black Americans were involved throughout history, even though they are not always recognized. Many people don't realize it. but Sessions said African Americans helped settle the west. There were black cowboys, buffalo soldiers (famous tough fighters), mountain men. railroad workers, miners and many more. "We don't often see them in the movies and we don't pay much attention to them in the celebration of the Fourth of July, but they were there," Sessions said. However. Black History Month serves as a way to bring out this neglected history and celebrate it. said Geneva Foster, coordinator for student program. Through a variety of black-themed films, poetry slams and speakers. Hooten hopes people will gain a belter understanding of black ethnicity. "I think black history can talk about individuals who are maybe well known to people in the black culture, but not so well known to other individuals." Hooten said. Some of these people include Jane Matilda Bolin. the first black women to be appointed to a judgeship in 1939. and John Andrew Kenny, a physician in the early '20s and '30s. "We pick and choose what is important'to us." Hooten said. But during this month Hooten said a focus is placed on knowing about different aspects of black culture and history. Sir Tale pnjjcl ' " M : 's. r: ; " ..." - ' 'J ... is fV 1 rv - : t ' ""N - I a i x ' H ' I , x , - f i I " . . " : 5 ! -.w V-.r ....... - is " .r J A 4 wiiixr i in . v-vil J Jtfk An - ....i,iT '"I ' ' - " V H 1. 1 The civil rights movement began with people and events such as Martin Luther King Jr. , Rosa Parks and the desegregation of a school in Little Rock, Ark. These mark important moments that History recognizes. This photograph of gospel singers is part of the Wade in Water exhibit at the Union Station in Ogden. 4 ? It -y '- : t ! ; In i ' .. . ... ' , i '3 - V, I il UNI VERSITY IflCK HISTORY ITI0I1TH CHLEnDHR February 8 a.m. Black History Brain Bowl presents area high school teams competing with their wits for a day, held in various places in the Shepherd Union Building. I February 10 a.m. John E. Wideman, writer and MacArthur Award recipient, Stewart Library Special Collections. 6 p.m. An Evening with Education b February Noon Sista to Sista, open forum for African-American women at WSU, facilitated by WSU staff, weekly sessions address pertinent issues for black women in community, Diversity Center. 2 p.m. School Daze, a film shown in conjuction with Black History Month, Wildcat Theater. 6 p.m. African Americans in World War II, a film shown in conjunction with Black History Month, Wildcat Theater. February Noon For Men Only, a program dedicated lo explore the plight of the black man, weekly sessions address pertinent issues for the black male in the community, Diversity Center. 1 p.m. Devin Harris, member of the Jamaican Bobsled team presents a motivational speech, Dee Events Center. 2 p.m. Judith Elsey presents speech in Stewart Library Special Collections. February 3 p.m. Film in the Wildcat Theater. 7 p.m. Def Comedy Jam, a comedy show featuring 2-3 comedians and a host, Union Ballroom. February Noon Emphasis Week Social, Diversity Center. 6 p.m. An Evening With: Business and Law, Diversity Center. February Noon Sista to Sista, open forum for African-American women at WSU, facilitated by WSU staff, weekly sessions address pertinent issues for black women in community, Diversity Center. 2 p.m. Evolution of Jazz, Joe McQueen & Clayton Furch, Stewart Library, Special Collections. 4 p.m. Mo Better Blues, a film, Wildcat Theater. 7 p.m. "Legacies", readings from African-American writers, presented by Vikie Ramirez, WSU English department, Wildcat Theater. February 10 a.m. Lee Jones, Florida State University professor, educational leadership, Allred Theater, Browning Center. Noon For Men Only, a program dedicated to explore the plight of the black man, weekly sessions address pertinent issues for the black male in the community, Diversity Center. 6 p.m. An Evening With Service Occupations. Diversity Center. February 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Multicultural Youth Conference, a motivationalrecruitment conference to introduce minority high school students to WSU programs and encounne their enrollment, Shepherd Union Building. February 3 p.m. The Shadow of Hate, a film, Wildcat Theater.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 2000-02-11, Vol. 3, No. 17|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|