Western Kicks Off Black History Month

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Last week, Chicago Tribune journalist Clarence Page was in the country of Yemen fighting for its journalists' rights.

Wednesday, he spoke about Black History Month to students at WKU, a month he feels is good to recognize but might be past its day.

"Today, I think it’s sad we still have to have a Black History Month. Unfortunately, black history has not been integrated well into the mainstream history, although we've come a long way."

Page says this week's passing of Coretta Scott King is part of the changing of the guard for the Civil Rights era.

Coretta Scott King, we lost her this week and I think this really marks the end of an era, really when it comes to Civil Rights leadership that shaped the era I grew up in..."

But he sees the potential in future generations to pick up the mantle and lead the Civil Rights movement forward.

"The young people who are in school today have a different set of heroes and I think each of them has an opportunity to be a leader in this new century."

Western student, Travis Hardwick was pleased with Page's coming to the hill.

"I think its very important for college students especially to learn about different cultures because it gives us different perspective of what people see in life."

The Pulitzer Prize winner says that every culture should know who Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman are just as African-Americans should learn of the other cultures that contributed to making America better.

"We're all in the pot, we're all contributing some of the flavor to the pot and we're all taking some flavor out of the pot."