Celebrating Black Voices on Campus
Whether as visiting scholars, keynote speakers, or campus guests, the IU Kokomo community has brought important black voices to campus. The impact of their presence and voices can be felt in the articles written for the student newspaper and the ongoing conversations that they left in their wake.
In March of 1993, Indiana University Kokomo, along with Ivy Tech and Kokomo Center Schools, hosted Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Speaking with an audience of high school and college students, she lamented that the Kokomo High School curriculum didn't include the works of Toni Morrison and Alice Walker.
IU Kokomo students in the 1990s were fortunate to have the opportunity to take classes in poetry, literature, and creative writing from Nikki Giovanni, renowned poet of the Black Arts Movement. Select poems written by IU Kokomo students in her classes were later published in an issue of The IUK Correspondent: