Cleveland State University’s Levin Diversity Council will conclude its Black History Month celebrations with the panel discussion “Looking Forward, Looking Back: Views of Black History Across the Generations” Thursday, Feb. 28.
Panelists Beauxerykah “Erykah” Betterson, Reverend Dr. Leah Lewis, Dr. Mamadou Seck, Steve Minter and Prester Pickett II, each representing one of the past five generations, will discuss the significance of Black History Month, political, social and economic indicators of progress, and their thoughts toward the future.
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 11:45 a.m. with registration and a reception. Panelists will begin their discussion at 12 p.m., which will then be followed by audience questions.
Betterson is a junior in the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs' Environmental Studies and Urban Studies programs and a student member of CSU’s Board of Trustees; Lewis is CEO and chief creative officer of Three Butterflies Entertainment & Press, LLC; Seck is an associate professor in CSU’s School of Social Work; Minter is the former president of The Cleveland Foundation as well as an executive-in-residence and senior fellow in the College of Urban Affairs; and Pickett is a student at Saint Ignatius High School.