The Journey to the BlacKeaning

My journey here on this BlacKeaning tour has been a strenuous one. During my research I was utterly appalled. My main focus for the group is student organization. While researching I learned that there really wasn’t any African American students that were in the student council and weren’t any until about 1962. There wasn’t another African American student council representative until the 70’s. With that being said you can see why my topic is a little strenuous. I utilized the student yearbooks to help achieve and gain the knowledge that I needed in order to execute my part of the tour. I utilized our alumni department in our school to see if there were any black student council representatives that I could possibly meet with to get their story on what it was like to be a black student here at Kean and what struggles they had to go through to obtain their spot in the student council.

What is the Blackening Tour?

The BlacKeaning Tour is a tour that is going to explore topics that most people wouldn’t talk about on a normal basis. The tour will cover topics like African Americans and the hardships they had to endure to be successful here at Kean University. In this tour you will see the history of the multiple organizations that we have and how certain African Americans have helped make some of these organizations successful. This tour will help you experience a multitude of black lives at Kean University. Hopefully this tour can help open eyes wide about African Americans and their greatness.

The tour was developed by a group of about 15 to 20 students that were interested in black lives and black history. In order to get the tour and plan in motion, we had to create a title that would entice yet inform our tourists to even want to see what the tour is about. The title that the group has come up with was the BlacKeaning. We are going to shed light on the issues that we are going to be researching. Because the subject matter is so broad, we have decided to be split into sub groups that represent each topic that we would like to touch on.

I’m actually happy that this tour is happening because I feel as though, even while we have these groups that are deemed to represent black lives, that’s in the present and we need to be educated on the past because without the past there would be no present. The BlacKeaning will be a part of Kean’s history and knowing that I was a part of something so inspiring makes me feel great.

Reflection

The Blackeaning was an overall success and I’m extremely appreciative for the hard work and dedication that both my classmates and I have put in to this project. The knowledge that I’ve gained through this tour will stick with me for the rest of my life and maybe something that I could share with my children. This class was a different type of class because it was a class where the students have the upper hand in creating this project. The thing I loved about this class the most was the open conversations that we would have that helped create such a success. Each class was something different. Some days we would have conversations about real life topics that affect our lives and some days we would have guest speakers to help with the construction of the project. Dr. Perkiss trusted us with the task to get this tour complete while challenging us to become better researchers, presenters and overall students. I loved the fact that the class was so diverse because it allowed room for growth in a sense of knowledge not only about blacks at Kean but black lives in general. I can say that the tour impacted me in ways I didn’t think it could. I learned so many different things being apart of this tour and from the bottom of my heart I would like to thank each and every one that has helped this tour become a success. I wish you love, success  and happiness!