Collegiate 100 Hosts Black History Museum
March 14, 2014 – The Shaw University Chapter of the Collegiate 100 hosted a Black History Museum event in recognition of Black History Month. In conjunction with the Shaw University NAACP Student Chapter, The Nation of Islam and the World African Diaspora Union (WADU), the event highlighted Shaw’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and important issues currently affecting the African-American community.
The program began with remarks from Shaw graduate Chief Babalawo Ifaniyi '76, president of WADU, which was established to fulfill the mission of Pan Africanism - the total liberation, unification, and empowerment of African people based on equality and justice with one central government in Africa. He provided insight into Shaw’s civil rights history and the important role the University played in getting students involved in the movement.
In addition, Ministers Allen X, Jason X, and Quincy 2X were in attendance to represent the Nation of Islam. Minster Allen discussed the importance of recognizing the many “unsung” heroes in the African-American community that also fought for civil rights but have gone unrecognized. He encouraged Shaw students to broaden their horizons and to know their history while continuing to push for equality.
The event concluded with remarks from the student NAACP chapter regarding the history of their organization and their current community service projects. Additionally, members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. provided remarks on the Black Panther Party and the meaning of their organization.