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African American history at Hanford focus of WSU Tri-Cities, National Park Service project

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

African American historic photoRICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities was recently awarded a $73,000 grant in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service to research and document the African American migration, segregation and overall civil rights history at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Hanford. » More …

Jan. 26: Activist, youth leader to headline MLK celebration

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

charlene-carruthers-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Charlene A. Carruthers, a community organizer, writer and advocate for racial justice and feminism, will give the free, public , keynote address during Washington State University’s 30th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 in the CUB senior ballroom. » More …

Challenge courses especially benefit non-whites, girls

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By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SEATTLE – A platform balances two feet above the ground on a central pivot point. How do you get a dozen people onto that platform without tilting it so far that it touches the ground? » More …

Feb. 1-March 11: African American surgeons focus of exhibit

By Lorraine Nelson, WSU Spokane

surgeonSPOKANE, Wash. – A traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine featuring the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education will be at the Washington State University Spokane library Feb. 1-March 11 for Black History Month in February. » More …

March 26: Photographer activist to speak, show work

Jackson-80PULLMAN, Wash. – In “Archival Impulse,” award-winning photographer and activist Ayana V. Jackson explores how Western historical archives have shaped ideas about non-Europeans. Her work will be exhibited March 16-April 1 at the CUB gallery at Washington State University, and she will present the free, public Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the CUB auditorium. » More …

African-American life, culture subject of speech

Former Washington State University faculty member Ron Rochon will return to the Pullman campus to give an April 29 talk about how popular culture has created a misconception of how African-Americans tend to contribute to society.In the eyes of Rochon, now a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, too many people view African-Americans as just athletes, comedians or actors, and popular culture is to blame. “What about the African-Americans who are scientists, lawyers or teachers? We need a more balanced view,” he said.His talk, “Teacher Educators on a Social Justice Journey: Challenging Contemporary Media Imagery of African-American Life … » More …