Speech honors role of black women in American history

Ty Greene – Northerner – Thursday, 23 February 2012 (originally published 22 Feb)

Pamela Hill lecturing audience
Image: Pamela Hillweb

As part of NKU’s continuing celebration of Black History Month, former NKU Assistant Dean for African-American Student Affairs Pamela “Safisha” Hill offered a free public lecture to students and faculty at the Student Union Feb. 16. It coincided with this year’s nationwide theme of “Black Women in American Culture and History”.

Hill featured many women who have made a significant contribution to American history. Popular figures such as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Michelle Obama were profiled. She took interest in profiling unknown African-American women many people may not have heard of. She also profiled Cathy Williams, who in 1866 posed as a male to enlist in the United States Army, and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who coined the phrase, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

Hill said that Black History Month is important to learn because today’s society does not learn enough about history . . .

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