[Disclaimer: The ideas, opinions and comments of this podcast do not represent the viewpoints of Middlebury Institute of International Studies-Monterey or Student Council and are solely the opinions of the individuals who participated in the podcast. In addition, the contents of this podcast may contain sensitive topics and explicit language- Thus, listener discretion is advised.]
In 1976, President Gerald Ford decreed Black History Month to be nationally observed .
“We can seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black
Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”
With this in mind, among many other things, the producers here at MIIS radio decided to launch a multi-episode podcast with a focus on Black history. After lengthy but productive discussions we realized there were several important ideas driving the the vision of this podcast.
- Black history is American history
- Black history should not be restricted to one month in of the year. Neither should Black issues, Black accomplishments, or Black advocacy .
We then decided that this discussion should span beyond the one month of February. And so, on a rainy day at the end of February, we sat down with our first panel, that comprised of a range of your peers & colleagues here at MIIS, to share their insight, experiences and stories about black identity at MIIS, in the community, in the United States and abroad. Our conversation covered history, its impact on the present, and our hopes for what the future might look like.
Have a listen & , share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed being part of it.
Thanks for tuning in.
MIIS Radio Team
Gabe S., Susan W., & Radwa W.