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Celebrating African American heritage

Posted: Mar 02, 2017


"What makes our character is the type of seed that has been planted in our lives." — Rev. Charles DeLoach, senior, criminal justice major at Olivet Nazarene University


Dr. Cynthia Taylor '06 M.A.P.C., Olivet's multicultural student services coordinator, worked with students to organize the 2017 celebration.

When people gather to honor one another and God, the beauty of diversity is a cause for celebration. Olivet Nazarene University students, faculty and staff experienced that beauty when they gathered recently for the African American Heritage celebration dinner on campus. Music, dance and a stirring message set the tone for an evening of unity.

The event, sponsored by The Elwood Center for Student Success, featured a greeting from Tatiana Long, a sophomore majoring in psychology and fashion merchandising. “Black history is our American history,” she said. “No single race or its culture can comprehensively display the infinite glory of God’s image, so He gave us our differences to help in order for us to appreciate His splendor from various perspectives.”

Rev. Charles DeLoach — a senior majoring in criminal justice and a member of Olivet’s Social Justice Club — spoke on character and investing in the lives of others. “Change will only come from Christ himself,” he reminded the audience. “We must refuse to conform to the things that make us ungodly. If you want to see change, it starts with you.”

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