CWUAfricana NewsAfricana News’s Reasons Receives 2018 Rep. Timm Ormsby Citizenship Award, 09 Oct 2018 08:52:48<p><img alt="" src="/africana/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; float: left; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;">Charles Reasons, Central Washington University professor of law and justice, is one of only four public university faculty to receive the coveted Ormsby for Faculty Citizenship Award for his exemplary work in civic engagement with CWU and the Ellensburg community.<br>The award was created in 2013 in Representative Timm Ormsby’s honor, in recognition of his efforts to promote civic leadership throughout Washington State.<br>“This award is a symbol of everything we are working to become as a society,” Reasons said. “I’m honored to be recognized for the efforts that I hold dear.”<br>Reasons was nominated for the award because of his tireless efforts to work on behalf of students and underserved communities. His 30-year career has been focused on social and legal issues as well as activism and social change.<br>As a first-generation college graduate, he supports the CWU McNair Scholars program for first-generation, low-income students preparing for graduate school. Moreover, he mentors and inspires these students that anything is possible. Reasons also serves on a number of university committees including the Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues and Africana Black Studies Minor Committees.<br>His service and citizenship extend into the community. Reasons was a founding member and Chair of Central Washington Justice for Our Neighbors, an immigration law clinic to provide legal assistance to those in need in the Ellensburg area. He has worked with the Kittitas County Law and Justice Council on a variety of issues. His research with legal and social science scholars and practitioners was utilized in a report for change in the Washington State Criminal Justice to reduce discrimination based on race and ethnicity.<br>“Chuck Reasons has been consistently committed to civic engagement and we’re happy he’s been recognized for these activities because they make such a difference to people,” said Paul Knepper, professor and chair of the Department of Law and Justice.<br>Reason’s career and service to others has garnered him a number of other awards this year including the 2018 CWU Distinguished Professor-Service Award and CWU Faculty Diversity Award.<br>The Ormbsy Award will be presented to Reasons at the CWU’s Faculty Senate on October 31.<br>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, <a href=""></a><br>Monday, October 8, 2018</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></a href=""></br>"Origins of Black History Month", 01 Feb 2018 09:37:31<p>Watch "Origins of Black History Month"<br>A brief look at the history of African Americans and Black History Month.<br><a href=""></a></p></br></br>February is Black History Month, 01 Feb 2018 09:25:38<p>February is Black Histroy Month.&nbsp; Check out this article in Time Maganize about&nbsp; <a href="">Why Carter G. Woodson Is the 'Father of Black History'</a></p>Hip Hop as Global Culture Enroll Now!, 26 May 2017 15:26:09<p><img alt="" src="/africana/sites/" style="width: 700px; height: 358px;"></p>Frank B. Wilderson to Speak on Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice, 30 Mar 2016 13:15:20<p><img alt="" src="/africana/sites/" style="width: 200px; height: 250px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Professor, filmmaker, activist and author Frank B. Wilderson, III, PhD will be speaking at Central Washington University to share his views on racial justice. His presentation, “Capital or Social Death? The Conflicting Logics of America’s Carceral Dream” will take place Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.</p><p>A professor at the University of California, Irvine with a background in literature, Wilderson is an experienced poet, author and dramaturge. He grew up through the ‘60s and ‘70s, when civil unrest and protests were not uncommon. In the ‘90s, Wilderson spent time in South Africa both as a professor and one of two elected American officials with the African National Congress (ANC). He worked in the armed wing of the underground while South Africa was transitioning from apartheid. Wilderson writes about these experiences—including how Nelson Mandela once called him “a threat to national security”—in his memoir “Incognegro.”</p><p>“Half of the book is a kind of thematic montage about episodes of political awakening and development of myself in the United States,” Wilderson said.</p><p>His experiences in South Africa shaping his perspective of America, Wilderson speaks passionately on the subject of mass incarceration. He explores society through an afro-pessimistic lens.</p><p>“What afro-pessimism does is it tries to explain how these grand narratives talk about people suffering,” Wilderson said. He elaborated that certain narratives “simply cannot explain the essence of black suffering.”</p><p>Wilderson invites his audience to explore the root causes of mass incarceration and consider various forms of captivity. He does not shy away from sensitive subjects, encouraging deep contemplation and examination of American society and politics. Tying in themes from the film “Manderlay,” Wilderson’s unique firsthand experiences combined with his powerful writing makes him a fascinating voice when it comes to the subject of social justice.</p><p>Wilderson’s appearance is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s inaugural theme is Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter. This event is sponsored by Campus Life, Africana and Black Studies, S.I.S.T.E.R.S., Brother to Brother, Scholars in Action and the Male Success Initiative. Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1433 or by emailing</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more information, please contact Keith Champagne, Ph.D., at 509-963-1433 or at</p>