MU's black studies department hosts open mic night

1 year 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, July 13 2016 Jul 13, 2016 Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:12:00 PM CDT July 13, 2016 in News
By: Allison Ross, KOMU 8 News
loading

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri's Department of Black Studies put on an open mic night Wednesday on MU's campus. The event was called"Fear of a Black Planet", which comes from the popular 90s group Public Enemy. 

Stephanie Shonekan, chair of the department of black studies, said they decided the event was necessary after multiple police shootings involving black people. She said this event is a good way to pause and come together to discuss what has been going on in the last couple of weeks.

"Why we fear a black planet, what it is that we fear about black people, and the aspects of black humanity, why people are frightened by it," Shonekan said. 

"I think it will give Columbia a chance to, one, be part of the conversation, and then two be part of the awareness building," Shonekan said.

Audience members who wanted to speak put their names in a hat to be chosen at random. 

Shonekan said she is always trying to do events like this one so people can build awareness and knowledge. 

The event was posted on the black studies website for those who could not come because of weather or because they were nervous about the event. 

Susan Empson, a faculty member at the MU College of Education, said she came to the event because she wanted to listen and learn. 

"Any opportunity that is provided for members of the community, whether it's through the university or Columbia, to listen, to learn, to get to know each other, is positive, and I think it has to become a way of life," Empson said. 

More News

Grid
List
BOONE COUNTY - Columbia Police arrested a man Sunday night after a standoff that began in the afternoon, according to... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:39:51 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - While many people are preparing to look into the sky for the eclipse Monday, one airport is... More >>
9 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 6:01:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERGUSON (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The total solar eclipse is coming on the fifth day of school, and Columbia teachers are trying to... More >>
12 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 2:38:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Researchers are getting ready for the solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Not only will they be watching the... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:22:00 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City say a man pushing his disabled car on Interstate 70 was killed... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:14:03 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say a man was injured when a St. Louis sidewalk collapsed under the forklift he... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 1:09:41 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FLORISSANT (AP) — The parents of a 4-year-old girl are calling for the closure of a suburban St. Louis day... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 12:37:23 PM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Parks officials in Kansas City, Missouri, say an 83-year-old Confederate memorial will be removed after it... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 11:17:00 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pastor Henry Price of St. Louis is ready to take your prayer request, and you don't... More >>
16 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:42:11 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
FERRELVIEW (AP) — A member of a small western Missouri town's governing board is leading an effort to oust the... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 10:20:36 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
CUBA (AP) — Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural, Republican strongholds as... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, August 20 2017 Aug 20, 2017 Sunday, August 20, 2017 9:56:21 AM CDT August 20, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – In preparation for a large number of visitors to Missouri for Monday's solar eclipse, the State Emergency... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 11:49:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The incoming freshmen at Blair Oaks High School will become the first class to not have a... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 8:59:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Angela Speck, the director of astronomy at the University of Missouri, gave a presentation titled, "Doing Science in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:36:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
PIKE COUNTY, Mo. - A man was charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action after Alexander Koch died... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:32:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - With mid-Missouri preparing for the upcoming eclipse on Monday, Laws Observatory played host to an event made to... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 3:18:00 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former school bus driver in eastern Missouri has been sentenced to 20 years in prison... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, August 19 2017 Aug 19, 2017 Saturday, August 19, 2017 1:58:58 PM CDT August 19, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
4am 76°
5am 75°
6am 75°
7am 73°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Early Today
3:00a
Paid Program
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Midnight, Texas
7:00p
Supergirl
8:00p
Hooten & the Lady
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld