UTC students’ knowledge of history may not be as comprehensive as they originally thought.
A guest speaker from Suny Genesso and professor of history, Emilye Crosbye, came to UTC to speak to students about the gap in their knowledge. Crosbye has dedicated her life to studying the history of civil rights in America, a history that is beyond textbooks.
“I got to college and graduate school and what I learned… wasn’t the same story as the one I learned growing up… it was important to sort of not lose that history.”
All who attended this event were given a look at some key and unsung heroes of the civil rights movement. The focus of the message was that Martin Luther King, Jr. was the main force behind the Civil Rights movement, but was just the one who got the most publicity. Matthew Lewis, a UTC alumni that attended this event, felt like it was an “opportunity he couldn’t miss.”
“There’s still work to be done… there’s so much more that we miss. You hear about these watershed moments like Dr. King, you hear these watershed moments like Malcolm X, but you don’t hear so much about the young people in particular who look like us, who thought like us, who behave like us, working to make the world better.”