Monthly Archives: February 2011

Buffalo Soldiers…More than a Great Reggae Song

While you may be familiar with the Bob Marley song, did you know that “Buffalo Soldiers” goes all the way back to 1866 & refers to the all-black regiments of the U.S. Army? The name was name given to these soldiers by the Native American Kiowa tribe & was considered a term of respect. Even though the Buffalo Soldiers were treated poorly & often received the worst military assignments, they had the lowest desertion rate compared to other soldiers. In recognition of their contributions, more than 20 Buffalo Soldiers received the highest Medal of Honor—which was the highest recorded number of any military unit.

Stop by Rentschler Library to pick up more fast facts for Black History Month, or visit . You can also to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers.

Huckleberry’s Sin–Let’s Talk About It.

Alan Gribben’s rewrite of Mark Twain’s classic, Huckleberry Finn, has people talking.  A lot.  So we thought it’d be cool to have a discussion right here at MUH & to invite some faculty to give us some background. Dr. Oleta Prinsloo (BWS & HIST), Dr. Katherine Kickel (ENG), & Instr. Karen Brentley (BWS) will get us started, but then we hope everyone will join in with some questions, viewpoints, and insights.  What’s the issue? Check out this New York Times article if you want to get an early start.


Date: Monday, February 21st
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Wilks Conference Center
Who’s Invited? Everyone!

Jesse Owens OWNED the 1936 Olympics…

African American Track & Field star, Jesse Owens, became the first athlete to win four gold medals in one Olympic Games. With a first place in the 100m, 200m, long jump, & 4 x 100 relay, he stunned the world with his athletic prowess. His wins offer even greater historical significance, as the 1936 Olympics were held in Berlin, Germany & attended by the little man himself, Adolf Hitler.

Stop by Rentschler Library throughout February to pick up more fast facts for Black History Month!


Did you know “Jemima” was based on a real person?

Nancy Green, a former slave, was employed in 1893 to promote the Aunt Jemima brand by demonstrating the pancake mix at expositions and fairs. She signed a lifetime contract with the pancake company and her image was used for packaging and billboards. In 1923 she was struck by a car in downtown Chicago.

African American artist, Betye Saar was harshly criticized for denigrating her own race for depicting Aunt Jemima within some of her work. Even though HER Aunt Jemima was wielding a gun and challenging the notion that “mammy” was to be walked on.

Stop by Rentschler Library throughout February & help us celebrate Black History Month by picking up a few more “fast facts”.

More on Betye Saar: NY Times article
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