MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Black History Month is a celebration of black leaders, trailblazers and legends who broke through unjust laws of segregation from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Those heroes are now celebrated nationally, and are making an impact here in the Twin Cities.
Alvina Thomas, the dean of Student Success Services at Louisiana Delta Community College, and SGA senator Molaki Wells joined us to discuss their black history program set to kick off this week.
Thomas says beginning Wednesday, February 19, the Student Government Association and Black Male Initiative will host the program. John Warner Smith will be this year’s guest speaker.
Smith was appointed as the first black ‘Poet Laureate’ from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Governor John Bel Edwards asked Smith to serve as the State's Poet Laureate in 2019.
His poetry has been recognized nationally in literary journals, including Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Callaloo, Transition, River Styx, and Quiddity.
Thomas also adds the program will address important topics such as voting, which she says is "very important and timely.”
She says this year marks the 100th year of the Women's suffrage along with the 150th year of black men given the right to vote after the Civil War.
The Black History Program will begin Wednesday, February 19, at 11 a.m. at Louisiana Delta Community College.