THE BAKER COLLEGE of Owosso Unity Council hosted its 6th annual Black History Month Student Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 13, which included 19 educational and interactive exhibits that supported this year’s theme, “Black History Month: A Foundation for a Proud America.”

   Each exhibit was created by Baker College of Owosso students to celebrate the often overlooked achievements and contributions made by African Americans throughout American history. Students from Baker’s Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Occupational Therapy and Nursing programs participated, as did students from Baker’s Auto Diesel Institute and Cultural Diversity students, among others.

   To begin the project, students formed groups and worked together to select a subject. Some groups chose heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, some chose individuals known for their professional accomplishments, some highlighted historical events that helped shape our society, and others, such as this group of teacher’s prep students, featured a contemporary black leader from right here in Shiawassee County.

   While many groups feature nationally known historical figures, Mitchell Sowash (left) came up with the unique idea to honor Kristina Marshall (center), the president of the Baker College of Owosso Unity Council.

   Marshall is a decorated educator. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and speech communication from Miami University in Ohio, she earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and she was recognized as the Instructor of the Year in 2015.

   On top of that, as Marshall’s former student Sam Salyer (right) explains, Marshall stands out for her upbeat, joyful, spunky (in a good way) and energetic personality, and for being an inspiration to her students.

   In addition to Sowash and Salyer, the group included Baker College of Owosso students Megan Jaquette, Ashley Carter, Shawna Gage and Tennille Heuker. The affable Marshall, who is very rarely at a loss for words, said she was humbled and honored to be featured in the expo.

(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

6th annual Black History Month Student Expo was last modified: February 18th, 2019 by Karen Elford