TO: See Distribution Below
FROM: Marion Styles, Coordinator Multi Cultural Programs Office of Campus Life
DATE: September 5, 1995
SUBJECT: BLACK HISTORY MONTH/MULTICULTURAL
Since our last meeting, much dialogue has occurred regarding the composition of the Black History and Culture Month Steering Committee. The debate has centered around the makeup and focus of the committee in regards too programming for Black History Month. The collec- tive thought is that this committee should not be expected to plan for Black History Month. The makeup of the committee constitutes that the primary focus of the group should be for the identification of resources for Multi Cultural Programming, which includes the recognition of Black History and Culture Month. We will now refer to ourselves as the Multi Cultural Pro- grams Resource Identification Committee.
It is my sincere hope that you will continue to assist with the identification of resources and the recognition of the various multi cultural programs, events and holidays that occur during the course of the academic year. A committee meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 11, 1995, 10:00 a.m., room 304 KSC Please disregard the previously scheduled meeting that was set for Tuesday, September 5, 1995. The agenda for the September 11, 1995, meeting is attached to this memo.
If you have any questions, comments or concern, please contact me as soon as possible at 672-2480. Again please mark your calendars for the meeting on, Monday, September 11, 1995, 10:00 a.m., room 304 KSC.
Webmaster's Note: Even though this memorandum asserted that the Black History Month/Multicultural Resource Steering Committee WILL NOT plan Black History Month programming, it is clear, given the composition of the Committee, that the Committee's true purpose was to put programmatic brakes on the Black United Students (BUS). The event that brought the Committee into existence was Hillel's "anti-Semitism" charge against BUS and its UHURU Magazine. UHURU published Terry Shropshire's The Paradox of European Jewry in its Spring 1994 issue. This piece, needless to say, immediately sent shock waves through the Jewish community on campus and off. Therefore, the actual intent of the Committee was to obstruct the Black United Students' ability to invite Black His- tory Month speakers like Dr. Tony Martin, author of The Jewish Onslaught, Dispatches from the Wellesley Battlefront (1993), and others to the Kent State campus or otherwise exercise their freedom of speech rights. Currently, BUS's programming budget has been reduced and it is gradually losing control of UHURU.