Black History to be celebrated at Alcorn
The Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs will host its Black History Program Monday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the J. D. Boyd Library Auditorium. The theme for the program is “Honoring History and Tradition.” Brigadier General Robert Crear will be the guest speaker.
Crear is a retired member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During his career, he served at the Pentagon as the military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works. He also served as assistant director of civil works and chief of staff at the Corps Headquarters in Washington D. C.
While serving as a Mississippi Valley Division Commander and president of the Mississippi River Commission, Crear was responsible for a $7.5 billion civil works program.
Dr. Thomas Sturgis, director for the Office of Pre-Professional and Honors Curriculum Programs and associate professor of biology, expressed his opinion on why celebrating Black History is important.
“Black History Month is necessary because we cannot preserve and protect it if we don’t know it,” said Sturgis. “The fruit is only as good as the tree.”
Dr. Wandra Arrington, assistant director of the Honors Curriculum Program, believes that students should learn and appreciate the work of their ancestors.
“Programs such as this one gives students an opportunity to learn about their history and why it is important to keep the legacy alive,” said Arrington. “If they’re not familiar with their past, then their future is uncertain.”