Professor analyzes history of education in black community

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In accordance with Black History Month, a lecture titled “A Sustainable Backup Plan: Understanding of the Jeremy Lin Phenomenon and the Redevelopment of the Culture of Education in the Black Community,” will be held Thursday.

Assistant African-American studies professor Edward Robinson will examine how the black community has a long history of advocacy regarding the culture and importance of education.

The event will be held in the Humanities Building Room 222 at 4 p.m.

Robinson uses Jeremy Lin, an NBA player for the Houston Rockets, as an example of the importance of education to immigrant groups and how education fits into the world of the black community.

“I ask whether our phenomenal success in sports, music and popular culture has fractured our community’s reliance and commitment to education,” said Robinson.

Robinson will explore how Lin’s educational and athletic success can be used to rejuvenate the tradition of education.

Robinson is hopeful that his lecture will start an open discussion with students about African American studies.

“I envision the lecture to be part reclamations, arguments and questions to the audience for spirited conversation,” Robinson said. “I hope and believe in my own teaching to continue to ask the next question in black studies and its community’s progress in the global 21st century.”

This marks the first year that Cal State Fullerton has presented a series of lectures in celebration of Black History Month.

Many of the events were organized by David McKenzie, assistant dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and director of the AARC.

This is a new endeavor for McKenzie, who took over the coordination of the resource center this year.

“We added quite a few academically related topics,” said McKenzie.

“This really is the first year we have done something this robust,” he added.

Events were a collaborative effort between McKenzie, AARC, Associated Students Inc. and the Black Student Union, among others.

“We pretty much came together and we came up with a great calendar that I really think is a first of its kind here at CSUF,” said Mardel Baldwin Jr., a graduate student at CSUF and a graduate assistant with ASI and the AARC. “So far it’s been a great success and we’re really looking to end on a high note this week.”

Baldwin planned Robinson’s lecture and encouraged him to be part of the Black History Month events.

“I’m interested to see how he is going to present it to the public,” Baldwin said. “I think it could really start a great conversation with the rest of the students.”

As Black History Month comes to a close this week many of the students at the AARC and the BSU are looking towards the future in anticipation of a continued discourse on African American studies.

“I hope we’ll be able to get people excited to come, not just on campus but from the surrounding community,” said Jamal Batts, a graduate student and staff member at the AARC. “I also hope that we will be able to do more events like this even outside the month of February.”

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