Photograph of Stephanie Shonekan, center of front row, with her Lutheran missionary grade school class in Jos, Nigeria.

Courtesy of Stephanie Shonekan

To Stephanie Shonekan, Black History Month means ‘everything'

The chairwoman of the black studies department compels us to “unite in our resolve” to improve life for everyone.

By Victoria Cheyne | Feb. 27, 2017

Tags: Black History Month


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Stephanie Shonekan first learned about her personal history in an unorthodox way: through music and literature. What began as an endeavor to find herself morphed into a lifelong journey that has spanned countries and opened dialogue among unlikely individuals in the height of today’s polarized politics.

For Shonekan, now an associate professor of ethnomusicology and chairwoman of the black studies department, the music specifically has provided a window to discourse that compels people to listen and learn, creating a constructive environment for change on the MU campus.

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