SOLES Celebrates Black History Month: Student Spotlight with Samantha Jenkins

A photo and quote from Samantha Jenkins

In celebration of Black History Month, Samantha Jenkins emphasizes that Black history is American history. Samantha is a master's student in the Nonprofit Leadership and Management program at SOLES.

Why do you feel it's important to recognize Black History Month?

I believe that black history month is important because is the black community's opportunity to inform America that our history is their history and vice versa. It creates opportunity for starting dialogues they can be continued throughout the course of the year.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black history month means that America still has so much to do in addressing the fact that the history of its different peoples seems to only get recognized and honored one month out of every year, while mainstream history is appreciated 365 days a year.
Which historical Black figure is most inspiring to you?
Amongst the most inspiring figures in black history, I look to people like Shirley Chisholm, Ida B. Wells, Pauli Murray, Septima Clark, and Bell Hooks.
What do you hope is accomplished during the month of celebration and recognition?
During this month I hope to share the stories of lesser known yet extremely important members of the diaspora whose contributions have been overlooked by history.


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