African Students Must Learn to be Change Agents- U.S Lecturer
Dr. Barry Lee of Morehouse College Georgia, United States of America , U.S.A on Wednesday said the first thing African students need is to learn how to drive change
According to him , African students must be taught how to facilitate social change and study hard to contribute to social change in order to make a difference in the world.
Addressing students during a lecture on Wednesday at Kaduna State University at an event organized by the U.S Embassy to mark U.S Black History Month , Dr. Lee ,who said students are vital part of the society charged them to own it, stand up and be counted among change agents .
While noting that students must learn from history, particularly the outstanding contributions of African past leaders Like Nnamdi Azikiwe of Nigeria, Nkwame Unkruma of Ghana and their likes , he added that such personalities contributed immensely in freeing their country from the shackles of colonialism and set their nations on the part of freedom and nation building for socio-economic and political development.
“You need to study the past and that can inform the future; identified an issue and organised people around it and make your contribution to social development, “he said.
Lee explained that the month of February has been set aside by the United States Government to celebrate the contribution of African-Americans to the history of the U.S.
He described Martin Luther King as one of the greatest person ever born in the U.S, who at the age of 26 became the leader of civil right movement.
The university don stressed that student played a key role in the civil rights movement that freed African-American from racial segregation, injustice and discrimination in the united states.
He explained that thousands of students sacrifice their lives fighting for equal rights for the black race, with 700,000 of them going to jail.
According to him, the African-Americans drew their strength from Africa who are liberating themselves from colonialism to fuel the civil rights movement that completed the American government to act.
Also speaking, KASU’s Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof Alexander Kure called for the review of tertiary institution curriculum to incorporate history and literature for students to acquire knowledge of their history and some countries around them.
Similarly, the university’s Head of History Department, Dr Terhemba Wuam also noted the need to improve the content of the curriculum for in depth study of the history of other continents to meet current needs.