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From Postcards to Hashtags : Speakers & Schedule

Unpacking the Oppression of Black Lives through Conversations on Racism, Resistance, and Reconciliation

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In this series, speakers will engage in conversations on racism, resistance, and reconciliation in order to help the EKU community better understand the complex historical emergence, internationalization, and institutionalization of racism and white supremacy, the past and current efforts at resisting it, and some imaginative ways of addressing the wrongs of the past for a more just world.

Register to attend the event series HERE.

This series is co-sponsored by African and African American Studies, the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, the Department of Languages, Cultures, and Humanities, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Office of Institutional Equitythe Student Success Center, and EKU Libraries.

Please note that the live events are currently open to the EKU community only. However, recordings of the sessions will be available after the event and accessible on this Guide. If you have questions about participating, please email

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September 23, 11:00 a.m. - Postcards to Hashtags at EKU

For our first discussion in the series, we are excited to welcome speakers Dr. David McFaddin, EKU President, and Dr. Dannie Moore, who recently joined EKU as Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Leading the discussion will be Dr. Ogechi Anyanwu, Director of African and African American Studies at EKU. What is the importance of this series for our campus? What does "diversity" mean to the speakers? 

EKU President Dr. David McFaddin

EKU President Dr. David McFaddin Dr. Dannie Moore Dr. Ogechi Anyanwu

October 21 - Homecoming Event

In a special Homecoming Week event, EKU Alumni Engagement and the Office of the Vice President Strategic Initiatives and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer co-sponsored an edition of the EKU Libraries’ “Postcards to Hashtags” series. A panel of EKU alumni through the decades and students from the classes of  2020-21 shared their experiences and reflections of the civil rights movements and race relations at EKU from the past through the present. What can modern activists and movements learn from prior generations? How has the fight for equality and inclusion evolved through the years? What is the black experience like at EKU then and now? 

View the recording of this event.

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Eyouel Gebeyehu Mekonnen '21
Current (and first International) Student Body President of EKU and first Black Student Body President in 40 years. Eyouel is an English and Political Science major with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021.

Phaneece Macklin ‘19
Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the first African American Homecoming Queen of EKU in more than 40 years (2019) and current graduate student pursuing her Masters of Public Health.

Deverin Muff ‘14 ‘15
The winningest player in EKU Basketball history and current Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.

Tia Jones ‘04
Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and world traveler. Currently a property Developer and co-owner/operator of Loving Arms LLC in Memphis Tennessee.

Dr. Elaine Farris ‘77 ‘81 ‘12
Proud Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc and EKUs 1975 Ms. Ebony. Celebrated 32 year career as a public educator in Kentucky, including the state’s first African American woman to serve as a superintendent.

Dr. Eric Abercrumbie ‘70 ‘71
Proud member of Omega Psi Phi Inc and founding member of the EKU University Ensemble. Legacy of student advocacy throughout his career. Currently serves as the Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at Woodward Career Technical High School located in Cincinnati.

March 23rd, 2021 @7PM - Speaking from the Margins - Black Lives Matter

A panel of EKU students will share their thoughts on racism, resistance, and reconciliation. - POSTPONED to Spring, 2022