Donna Brazile to speak at GVSU Black History Month event

7:50 AM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM) - Black History month kicks off tomorrow and there are events happening all around West Michigan to celebrate.

GVSU is one of many universities and organizations holding events in honor of Black History Month.  Some are designed to be festive and others, thought provoking.  Organizers say the goal is to feature the community at its best.

They will kick things off with one of the most well respected women in politics, Donna Brazile.  Brazile is a veteran political strategist and frequent commentator on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.  With this being an election year, many people are expected to turn out to hear Brazile talk about important issues of today.

"We want to showcase African Americans who are making a difference in this county. And, we want to make sure we highlight that here at Grand Valley by bringing someone like Donna Brazile to campus," said Bobby Springer, associate director of the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs at GVSU.

Dionna Cheatham, president of the GVSU Chapter of NAACP is one of the students who helped organize the event.  She considers Brazile a role model and is excited to hear her speak.

"She is going to be focusing on the voters rights act that are coming for the bill that just passed recently. Of course she will be dabbling into politics. You can't really talk about The United States' history at all if you don't involve the politics," said Cheatham.

Brazile's event is to be held between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm. on February 3rd at the Russel H. Kirkhof Center on campus.

For more on the many events happening for Black History Month visit the GVSU website.

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