Becker College Students Honor Black History

Published on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

On Thursday, February 28, 2013, the students of Professor John Deitrick’s English 3705 African American Poetry class brought to life the powerful words of some of the greatest writers of our time: Maya Angelou, Arna Bontemps, Lucille Clifton, Countee Cullen, Ralph Dickey, James A. Emanuel, Angelina W. Grimke, Robert Hayden, Frances Harper, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Emmett Till, and James M. Whitefield.

The evening was co-moderated by President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. and Professor Deitrick. Members of Rosa Parks’ extended family were honored guests: Alton Parks, her great nephew, and his wife, Lee, and their daughter, Emmah, a 2012 Becker College graduate.

  • Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Becker College Black History Month 04

  • Becker College Black History Month 05

  • Student readers

  • Queen Moore

  • Student readers

  • Alton Parks, "Black history is American history."

  • Becker College President Johnson moderates a discussion of Civil Rights.

  • Alton and Lee Parks, and Michelle Jones Johnson (front row l-r)

  • Alton and Lee Parks

  • President Johnson

  • A reading of "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou

  • Victoria Horning reads

  • Queen Moore reads

  • Rasheen Green reads

  • Sofia Stam reads

  • Nathan Kessler reads

  • Jeff Millien reads

  • Ron Dorleans and Victoria Horning

  • Ron Dorleans reads

  • Erica-Lynn Wesoly reads

  • Black History Month event 06

  • Erica-Lynn Wesoly, Ron Dorleans, and Nathan Kessler read "John Henry" (l-r)

  • Alton, Lee, and Emmah Parks, with Michelle Jones-Johnson, Jasmine, and President Robert E. Johnson (l-r)

  • Victoria Horning and President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Victoria Horning and-Erica-Lynn Wesoly (l-r)

  • President Johnson's closing remarks

  • Emmah Parks '12

  • Professor John Deitrick's closing remarks

  • Open discussion

  • Becker College Black History Month 01

  • Becker College Black History Month 02

Listen to the event.

Channel 3 News covered the event. (Begin at 1:20.)