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Know Your History

Nikaya Johnson

October 16, 2012

Shackles and chains that held African Americans in bondage during the Holocaust.

Shackles and chains that held African Americans in bondage during the Holocaust.

Tuesday, October 9th, SGCA and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity presented the “Lest We Forget Slavery” African Holocaust Museum and Traveling Exhibit.  J. Justin and Gwen Ragsdale are the curators of the museum. They both came to Cheyney University to speak about the importance of studying African American history, being aware of whom you are, learning the value of yourself and gaining knowledge. The highly emotional exhibit highlights slavery and pays tribute to our ancestors that were held in bondage.


Students, faulty, and staff attended two sessions in Marcus Foster Student Alumni Center. “Never say you can’t do or be something because you are still in the slave mindset,”   Justin warned.  Students were visibly moved during the 2nd session, when a film was shown that highlighted the struggles the African American women went through during the holocaust.


“The Brothers of Omega Psi Phi partnered with the SGCA, to kick off  the 175th Anniversary of the University by hosting a cultural event such as this to provide an opportunity for our students to take a glimpse into the past and value our rich history,”  explained Advisor to Omega Psi Phi, Professor Donzelle Tiller.   “We wanted them to gain a better understanding of just how significant the Institute for Colored Youth was to our ancestors’ progress in America.”