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Harry Belafonte

Private funds help bring legend to campus 

When big name speakers come to campus, it’s often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students. This could be said of Harry Belafonte’s visit to K-State in February. The world-renowned entertainer and civil rights activist gave the keynote address at K-State’s Black History Month Celebration.

The event was made possible thanks to the hard work of K-State’s Black Student Union, and K-State administrators from the Office of Diversity, K-State Libraries and the College of Arts & Sciences stepped up to the plate to support the students’ efforts. These entities were able to underwrite the student group’s plans with private dollars from the Dow Chemical Diversity Partnership, the Dow Multicultural Endowment and the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence Fund, which is supported by thousands of K-Staters each year.

“This was an historic event at K-State,” said Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. “The students were moved by the presence and words of Mr. Belafonte — a leader in so many ways.  We could not have sponsored this student-driven initiative without the support of the loyal K-State alumni, friends and corporate partners. The College of Arts & Sciences Excellence Fund allows me to have resources available to help make events like this one happen.”

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