Sometimes, we need go no further than our own house to gain clear insights into how we might think about Black History Month….or learn what it might be like for a young black Floridian to find his path to a doctoral program.
Recent FAS M.S. graduate, and now FRC PhD student, Charles Wallace III, was recently highlighted by UF’s Water Institute. Charles’ take on Black History Month is worth reading (find his full quote below).
Likewise, Amonté Martin’s recent ½-hour interview with BLK + In Grad School reveals his circuitous route (filled with key moments and keen insights) to a FRC doctoral program.
“Black History Month is important for our community; the celebration of these contributions to society should remind us of the common values and commitment to excellence we all share. Each passing year, we owe it to ourselves to recognize the work and contributions of Black Americans throughout history, not just to celebrate achievement but to remind ourselves of how far our nation has come and how much further we must go. Black History Month is a reminder that although we are a free nation of equal people under the law, America has not always lived up to that ideal. Black History Month should be seen a commitment that we will we never go back to those times of marginalization as well as a celebration of the people that achieved great things despite great odds.” – Charles Wallace III