HillTopics is the official podcast of The Hilltop Monitor.

Welcome to a very special episode of the podcast. February is Black History Month, and Morgan Allen sits down with members of the Black Student Association of William Jewell College to hear about their experiences on campus.

To aide in the listening of this episode, please refer to the following list of events that are discussed, albeit briefly, on the show.

Death Threats to black students on campus: In the Fall of 2014, a series of YikYaks were published anonymously threatening black students and using derogatory language. The authors were never revealed nor reprimanded. Student Senate responded to the YikYaks with an informal e-mail.

Integration at William Jewell College: Like many colleges, William Jewell was segregated until 1955. The first African American student to attend Jewell did so in the 1960s.

Dr. Cecelia Robinson: Dr. Robinson was a professor of English at the College for 34 years, ending in 2013. She was Jewell’s first and only fully-tenured African-American professor.

HBCU: “Historically Black Colleges and Universities” are institutions established before 1964 to serve the needs of African-American students. Many (but not all) HBCUs today maintain a majority of African-American students in their populations.

The Divine Nine: A nickname for the nine historically African-American Greek lettered organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Many were established in the early 20th century during a period of harsh segregation.

[Additional reporting by Luke Lockhart]

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