Award-winning journalist and author Lewis Diuguid delved into America’s history of racism and discrimination when he spoke to middle and upper school students on Wednesday, March 8.
“It is through the lens of black history that we can see America for what it has been in its most profane, violent, embarrassing and yet heroic and promising moments— and what the United States should continue to strive to be,” he told students.
Diuguid explored race, diversity and community issues as a reporter, columnist and member of the Kansas City Star editorial board for more than thirty years. He is also the author of three books, including “Discovering the Real America: Toward a More Perfect Union,” from which he drew his remarks.
Diuguid outlined the many accomplishments of African-Americans throughout America’s history, including a long list of patents for household appliances, production machinery and manufacturing processes that improved everyday life and advanced the U.S. economy.
“Everyone needs to see people of color as they are, and that’s valued contributors to this society and the world. Everyone has to accept all of us and go beyond tolerance and not dismiss our history, our heritage and our contributions.”
A weather-related school closing delayed Diuguid’s appearance, originally scheduled during Black History Month in February.
“In a perfect world we wouldn’t need a Black History Month,” Diuguid said, “because we would be celebrating throughout the year. We wouldn’t need a Women’s History Month, Asian-American History Month or a Latino History Month. But we’re not in that place right now, so these are opportunities for people to understand the greater good and the value that all people can provide,” he said.