Category Archives: Videos – Multicultural

A White Woman And A Black Man Swapped Voices. It’s Overwhelmingly Powerful.

In the video below, captured at the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, poets Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley passionately deliver their poem “Lost Voices.” Their performance is particularly timely in light of the conversations surrounding race and racism with the recent hate-fueled Charleston murders and Rachel Dolezal, a White woman who lied about being Black but claims to “identify as Black.”

The Eastern Michigan University students’ poem hits on the struggles and experiences of Simpson, a Black man and Scout, a White woman. The delivery was particularly impactful as the two poets switched places and passionately delivered each other’s verses through the other person’s narrative.

Simpson delivered Bostley’s poem as she mouthed the words revealing experiences tied to being a woman such as,

“…My body has become cause to write legislation, cause for a** smacks in the back of a class, my body has demanded everything except respect…”

Similarly, Bostley speaks through Simpson’s narrative, touching on his experiences being Black like,

“The first day I realized I was Black, it was 2000, we had just learned about Blacks for the first time in 2nd grade, at recess, all the White kids chased me into the woods chanting ‘slave’…”

The impactful visual of seeing Bostley and Simpson deliver experiences through the other person’s narrative, powerfully tied together in the end when the pair brought home their point that being an “ally” is welcomed as opposed to speaking on another group’s behalf.

“Never will I turn away an ally… but when a man speaks on my behalf, that only proves my point. Movements are driven by passion, not by asserting yourself dominant by a world that already puts you there,” the duo asserted together.

They switch back to their original places and proudly end their piece by speaking through their personal narrative and maintaining their “voice.”

 

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Cultural Competency in Today’s Increasingly Multicultural World

Published on Apr 29, 2015

What exactly is multicultural education anyway? Recent EPSA grad, Samson Lim, will pose some in-depth questions to one of his mentors, William Howe, digging in to the subject of cultural competency—a phrase we’re hearing more and more. But what are its implications? We must prepare our young people to enter into a diverse world and global economy which requires learning certain cultural and social skills. Strong academic preparation is no longer sufficient. Becoming knowledgeable about other cultures, learning another language and developing masterful people skills is essential for the next generation to succeed in a world that gets smaller yet more complex. You’ll hear more about how multicultural education currently exists in the larger national debates around policy and implementation and how relevant multicultural education is in light of current education policy from high-stakes testing to the Common Core. As time permits they will also explore other hot topics related to Howe’s work including Title IX and bullying.

Speakers:
William Howe (Ed.D. ’91), 2015 Distinguished Alumnus; State Title
IX Coordinator & Education Consultant for Multicultural Education,
Connecticut State Department of Education

Samson Lim (M.A. ’14), National Director of Graduate and Fellowship
Programs, The Posse Foundation

 

 

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