On Thursday, March 4, several members of the Wagner College community participated in the 2021 Black History Month Read-Aloud, reading brief selections from the poems, novels and essays of Black writers.
This first video includes the following readings:
- Nursing professor Edna Aurelus read Tupac Shakur’s “The Rose That Grew from Concrete”
- Matt Kubacki, dean of the Center for Academic and Career Engagement, read from Ishmael Reed’s novel, “The Free-Lance Pallbearers”
- English professor Ali Arant read Lucille Clifton’s poem, “Won’t You Celebrate With Me”
- English professor Steven Thomas read three poems:
- Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s “Ethiopia”
- Yohannes Admassu’s “Let You Be Asked”
- Meymuna Hussein-Cattan’s “Oromia”
In this second video, Wagner College government student Ava LaGressa read from a 1961 speech by civil rights leader Diane Nash to the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice.