Black Student Union and Live2Free to Celebrate Black History Month with Special Speaker Kenneth B. Morris, Jr.

kbm_media1-880x1024Join Vanguard University’s Black Student Union (BSU) and Live2Free clubs as they celebrate Black History Month on Monday, February 9, at 10 a.m. in Heath 109.

In honor of Black History Month, BSU and Live2Free clubs will host an event featuring the founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives (FDFI) organization, Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. The event will offer students the opportunity to learn more about black history, specifically dealing with slavery in America, and the fight to end human trafficking today from a descendant of two of the most influential and important Americans in history.

Being the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, Morris comes from a strong lineage of history-shapers. Both of these men played key roles in the civil rights movement from abolishing slavery to acquiring racial equality, and their impact led to Morris’s creation of FDFI. FDFI is an abolitionist organization that brings education about preventing human trafficking with the mission “To Advance Freedom through Knowledge and Strategic Action.”

According to the Frederick Douglas Family Initiatives website, Douglass was a “brilliant speaker” who helped to lead the abolitionist movement to end slavery in the U.S. “Douglass provided a powerful voice for human rights during this period of American history and is still revered today for his contributions against racial injustice,” the website states. For Washington, the website states: “A man who overcame near-impossible odds himself, Booker T. Washington is best remembered for helping black Americans rise up from the economic slavery that held them down long after they were legally free citizens.”

To learn more about Morris and FDFI, click here.


Vanguard University Veterans Honored and Celebrated at Veterans Day Event

rsz_img_9909On Nov. 6, Vanguard University hosted the annual Veterans Day Event to honor veterans and celebrate the Vanguard Veterans Center.

Held in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor, the event hosted more than 100 attendees, which included veterans from Vanguard and the community, students, alumni, faculty, staff and other community members. After the presentation of the colors by the Total Force Blue Eagles Honor Guard, the national anthem and the invocation, Master of Ceremonies Ed Arnold, a Marine veteran, opened the ceremony. Following Arnold’s opening remarks, Vanguard University President Michael J. Beals, PhD, welcomed attendees.

For the first speech, former veterans resource coordinator Brent Theobald ’11 shared some of his story as a member of the US Marine Corps. Theobald also presented a community volunteer award to Allen Klorsz_img_0125sowski for his generosity in donating time, finances and support to Vanguard’s Veterans Center.

After Theobald, the veterans resource coordinator, Brian Burlingame, spoke about the history of Veterans Day, his gratitude for the service of all those present and the future of Vanguard’s Veterans Center. “We are here to honor our brave men and women who have proudly served this great nation, for they are the fabric from which our flag has been woven,” Burlingame said in his speech.

Reflecting on Vanguard’s event and Veterans Day in general, Burlingame said: “There should never be a time when we don’t honor veterans, including their families.” As a retired veteran with 30 years of service in the Marine Corps, Burlingame knows the life of a veteran. As the new veterans resource coordinator, Burlingame said: “I think there’s significant opportunity to continue the hard work of those who came before me.”

rsz_img_0005Looking to the future, Burlingame said he, along with the rest of the members of the Veterans Center, have many goals for the future of Vanguard’s wants to continue deepening their connection with the community. In his speech, he said: “When I think of success for our student Veterans, I want them to have the same pride and camaraderie here at Vanguard that was displayed by them in their years of service.”

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Center, click here.