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Dr. Carter Woodson and the history of Black History Month

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

In 1915, the city of Chicago, Illinois hosted a national celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration, which focused on the advances of African Americans since the destruction of slavery, drew an estimated crowd of over 12,000 people and lasted for three weeks. Although largely overlooked today, the 1915 Chicago semicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is noted as the singularity that set into motion a sequence of events that led to the creation of National African American History Month. It was this event that inspired a group of black academics and intellectuals to establish a program to further the standing of African Americans in American society. Within a month after the semicentennial celebration, the zealous group formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), and the next year they established...

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MC Dems move forward after 2017 election

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Led by an executive board of members consisting of President Will Winters, Vice President Nick Peterson, Program and Activities Director Kalyn Carpenter and Communications Director Hannah Young, the Maryville College Democrats (MC Dems) are moving forward with the initiative to make politics more accessible for a greater array of people and to give back to the community in a way representative of the Democratic party’s ideology. “There’s a misconception that you have to be a big political buff to join,” said Carpenter of the impression non-club members have of the organization. But no expert knowledge of politics is necessary to become a part of the organization. What the club is looking for are people who have opinions about the government that they would like to express, people who would like to take action and people who would like to...

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This Much I know is True: Black History Month, Again?!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

I hate to say it, but I don’t like Black History Month. It makes me uncomfortable and it has for years. During the month of February, I see a lot of soulful tv commercials backed with cliché and contrived thumping beats. Families portrayed look unrealistically urban and suburban. These families are always making some healthy alternative soul food after yoga class while responding to a question, saying “mmhmm!” or “you know it girl!” It kills me. My memories of Black History Month at school are just as cringe worthy. Usually there would be an emphasis on the slavery unit. My teachers would talk about, you guessed it, the Underground Railroad—looking at me 70 percent of the class, especially when they talked about Harriet Tubman. At the end of class sometimes a teacher would hold me, asking me if I...

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The Liberating Arts: The Liberal Arts and all that rot

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Features | 0 comments

John Alexander Smith, a professor of philosophy at Oxford, told students the following in 1914: “Nothing that you will learn in the course of your studies will be of the slightest possible use to you in after life, save only this, that if you work hard and intelligently you should be able to detect when a man is talking rot, and that, in my view, is the main, if not the sole, purpose of education.” Leaving his old-fashioned sexism and Oxfordian wording aside, we see in these words one possible alternative to the career-based understanding that many people bring to their college experience. Even when an educational experience seems to have little practical use, it may be helping you train your mind for clearer thinking on a fundamental level. However, sharpening your mind is not easy. In the long...

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MC’s Black Student Alliance is a safe haven for students of color

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance started as an African American support group and has become the storefront of diversity on Maryville College’s campus. The BSA has branched out to become one of the most active organizations on this campus and in this community. Among the other minority groups on campus, BSA has remained the longest-running organization on Maryville College’s campus. Advisor, Larry Ervin, the Director of Multicultural Affairs and of Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, has been employed at Maryville College since 1991. “When I first started out working here, I was just a member of the group. I didn’t become the advisor until 1995,” Ervin said. BSA used to be a group where students of all colors could come together and talk about different social and political issues and try to bring awareness to those issues by way...

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Students experience “Celtic Connections”

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Feature Slider, Features | 0 comments

  Twelve students accompanied by Dr. Lori Schmied and Dr. Paul Threadgill are currently representing Maryville College in Europe. The course is designed to explore the Celtic connections between Appalachia and Wales and Northern Ireland. We left on January 4 from Knoxville and are due back on the January 20. The trip includes extended stays in London, Wales, Belfast and will be wrapping up in Dublin. The first few days in London were like a whirlwind. After what seemed like an eternity on the airplane, our group arrived intact in Heathrow, a section of London. “67 Gower St. is an address I may never forget,” said Grace Plemmons regarding the first hotel we visited in London. “The location and accommodations there were just perfect.” Fueled by excitement, we suppressed our exhaustion the first morning in London as the group...

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