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Is Black History Month still relevant?



By Charles Hallman
Staff writer


Is Black History Month still relevant? A mix of Black folk from the “young, and young at heart” assembled at Sirius XM’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and discussed this topic early February. USA Today columnist Dewayne Wickham, Association for the Study of African American Life Executive Director Sylvia Cyrus and social commentator Jeff Johnson were featured panelists on “Banneker, Barack and Beyond: The Meaning of Black History,” moderated by Sirius XM weekday morning host Joe Madison February 6. Sirius XM Urban Programming Vice President Dion Summers helped organized the event. “The question that we put out there — does Black History Month matter anymore — was aimed more at the group we call the ‘millennials’ (ages 18-34),” explained Summers in a phone interview with the MSR. “There always has been a certain understanding of Black History Month. Continue Reading →

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St. Cloud State University holds fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference







Students from several Minnesota colleges and universities joined a few students from other states January 23-26 at St. Cloud State Universities’ Atwood Memorial Center for the fifth annual Power in Diversity Leadership Conference (PDLC). This year’s theme was Today’s Vision: Tomorrow’s Reality. Each year, several keynote speakers are invited to address various issues related to diversity. The six speakers for this year included Tou Ger Bennett Xiong, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Laverne Cox, Joshua Fredburg, Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Jeff Johnson. Continue Reading →

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