In 1990, Congress established November as Native American Heritage Month in order to celebrate the first Americans. Missouri State University will celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November with a variety of events.
It was a much different tone during Saturday’s second Speak Up event on the Missouri State campus, as hundreds gathered for a lively discussion on race relations two weeks after an organization’s silent protest over homecoming weekend. KSMU’s Simone Cook has more.
The two-hour forum inside the Carrington Hall auditorium examined the first Blackout demonstration on Oct. 18, which was intended to start a dialog on local relations in the aftermath of recent fatal police shootings, notably in Ferguson. But the Homecoming event was met with some anger and racial slurs.
During Missouri State University’s homecoming, 35 protesters gathered to stand for black rights and inclusion on the campus. It was a silent protest, but the responses they received were anything but. KSMU’s Anna Thomas spoke with members of the group about their next event.
Speak Up Part 2 Blackout will be held tomorrow to discuss the growing responses their protest has stimulated.
Shannon Shellnor, a senior and core-collaborator for the organization, says it’s a chance for the student body to talk.
Missouri State University and Convoy of Hope are pledging to increase and improve agriculture and water availability in Haiti, and possibly other developing countries, as part of an agreement signed Tuesday.
Under a memorandum of understanding, the two schools will develop, execute, and implement extension services, education, and research projects pertaining to agriculture and related projects.