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Celebrating Black History Month

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Celebrating Black History Month

Your story matters — and these are just some of the many videos, podcasts and articles in our collection that recognize and celebrate the voices and experiences of Black Spartans.



Spartan Magazine Featured Articles

Carlos Cubia

Jo Muse:
A Potent Force

Advertising trailblazer Jo Muse, '72, shares his perspective on inclusion, acceptance and authenticity. 

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Willie Thrower

Willie Thrower:
Making History Under Center

With perhaps the most fitting name for a quarterback ever, MSU’s Willie Thrower, ’54, became the Big Ten’s first Black QB in 1950. 

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Endea Owens:
In Service to New York City Neighbors

Endea Owens understands the transformational power of music, the art’s ability to inspire, motivate and unify.

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Carlos Cubia

Curtis Daniel III:
From Heavy Hitter to Hitmaker

After a neck injury curtailed his promising MSU football career, Curtis Daniel III, ’95, traded dealing out hits for making hit records.

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Aisha Nyandoro

Aisha Nyandoro:
The Resident Radical

Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard To Opportunities, is helping families living in affordable housing grow and succeed through resident-driven partnership.

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Shakara Tyler

Shakara Tyler:
Urban Farming and Food Justice in Detroit

Shakara Tyler is on a mission to democratize food access in Detroit. 

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Dr. Ian Moore

Dr. Ian Moore:
Fighting on All Fronts

Helping develop the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine hit close to home for Dr. Ian Moore, head of the Comparative Medicine Branch’s Infectious Disease Pathogenesis Section at the NIH.

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Great Things to Watch
Featured Videos


Phil Hart, Civic Leader, Activist and Professor

Phil Hart:
Black in America

Source: MSU Alumni Go Green, Go Live! facebook series.

Watch Episode 3


Rhonda Walker, founder, Rhonda Walker Foundation and Tim Herd, founder, Rising Black Men

Rhonda Walker and Tim Herd:
Empowering Black Students

Source: MSU Alumni Go Green, Go Live! facebook series.

Watch Episode 4


Ari Washington, President, Double Coverage PR Group and Herb Washington, Retired MLB Player and Entrepreneur

Ari and Herb Washington:
Passing the Baton

Source: MSU Alumni Go Green, Go Live! facebook series.

Watch Episode 6



Slavery to Freedom
Livestream Lecture Series 2022


February 2023 Lecture Series


The College of Osteopathic Medicine will be hosting three new speakers this month, focusing on inclusive excellence and transformative change.

2022 Lecture Series

Yusef Salaam | Brandan Odums | Latosha Brown

2021 Lecture Series

Monique Morris | Patrisse Cullors | Cornel West

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Projects to Support 

From enhancing student organizations and scholarships to empowering experiential learning opportunities and life-changing campus initiatives, there are many ways to support opportunities for Black Spartans.

Join together with Spartans this February in recognition of Black History Month by supporting programs serving the Black student community at MSU and honoring the rich history of Black Spartans.



Michigan State University Black Alumni Club (MSUBA):


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Authors: Alex Gillespie, '17, Jessica Mussell, '12, Liam Boylan-Pett