BlacKeaning tour experience

BlacKeaning tour shows the amazing lives of African Americans and their history with Kean University. During this tour we talked Greek life and some of the founder of those organizations. We also talked about the history of the hardwood arena and how we had influential speakers such as Martin Luther King Jr. who spoke at hardwood arena. We also learn the history of the Nancy Thomas Library we learn that Nancy Thomas kept letters from soldiers during World War II. Another group we talked about was PASU which is the black student union here at Kean University. This group is very influential here at Kean they connect all different nationally of black descent together. They are known for bring awareness to the issues that black students have at Kean University and  they have  a lot of knowledge on many African American s contributes here at Kean. During this tour I found to be the most interesting was the sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. Prior to this tour I had no idea that this sculpture was even here on campus. I learn that there is controversy about the location and design of the sculpture. I have to agree with this because the sculpture is located in the back of the library outside and this is not a place that a lot of people can actually see it. For it to Martin Luther King Jr. who had a huge impact on the black civil rights movement this sculpture should be in a better spot so it can be recognized  more .Also the way it was design wasn’t very good  the sculpture doesn’t really look like MLK. In conclusion I am very proud and happy on how the tour turn out and I believe this should be take place again next year because I feel a lot of people can learn and be inspire  by the BlacKeaning tour !


BlacKeaning Research Process

For the first time in life I experienced real life research. Research for the BlacKeaning tour was not easy I ran into a lot of road blocks. My goal of the BlacKeaning was to research Kean alumni. I started out very excited about this I thought I was just going to be able to find some random Kean alumni and they were going to be open about telling their story. That was not the case. During my research I starting with going on Facebook and going to the Kean university alumni page I wrote several post urging anybody to get in contact with me so they could share their story. Unfortunately I never got any response. I didn’t let that slow me down my next step was to get into contact with Kean university alumni association. This is where I was able to gain a new lead. I look through the yearbook and I look at the different clubs African Americans were in and I got their information and I reach out to them. This is where I was able to do phone interviews with some alumni. Originally I thought I was going to get a lot of stories about how Kean was racist and how they had a bad experience at this school. But I didn’t I actually got positive stories about Kean and how being at Kean added to their success post grad.  So with this information I change the way I was going to present my research instead of talking about the bad experience as an African American student at Kean I wanted to highlight the good and show how Black excellence is important. I feel that by participating in this tour it made be a better researcher.

What is The BlacKeaning ?

The BlacKeaning Tour at Kean University is going to be a tour that is going to explore the contributes and the trails and tribulation that Afrcian Americans experience here at Kean University. In this tour you will see the history of African American students this tour we show the administration problems and the exposed conversational issues of black students. From this tour you’re going to be able to experience all aspect of black lives here at Kean. From the faculty to the students this tour is going to give others a new perspective of minorities at Kean.  

This tour came to be developed by a group of students who are interested in black lives here at Kean. The first steps of creating this tour was that we had to come up with a creative but also intriguing name that would capture the audience and broadcast what this tour is about. Hence the name BlacKeaning came to be we are going to shed light on the on the issues that Kean black students had to face while attuning this school. Some of the issues that we are going to bring up on this tour may make some people uncomfortable but these are real issues that need to address. I am very happy that this tour is going to happen because too many issues are overlooked and many people are not even aware of these things. . BlacKeaning is going to be great part of Kean history and I can’t wait for others to experience this tour when BlacKeaning is completely finished.