February 22, 2015 9:00 am -

[su_center_ad]Fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread. What, no watermelon?

After a menu featuring fried chicken and collard greens under a photo of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other African American leaders for Black History Month, the president of Wright State University in Ohio and its dining services vendor have apologized.

President David Hopkins wrote in an email of the university’s commitment to diversity and pride at hosting the Phoenix Project and forum featuring daughters of several civil rights leaders. Hopkins said he would find out why a menu sign included chicken, mashed potatoes, collard greens and cornbread under a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. and other famous black figures, according to the Dayton Daily News.

“I apologize to anyone hurt by the display,” Hopkins wrote in an email. “To our credit, the menu was quickly removed. But the larger question remains: Why was it done? I will find out. We will take steps to prevent this kind of behavior occurring in the future.”

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

3 responses to College President Apologizes For Black History Month Dining Menu

  1. Suzanne McFly February 22nd, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I have worked in the food industry and this may have been their typical cycle, it just happened to be during a day and February, I would like to see the other days menus. Kids love fried chicken and mashed potatoes, I am just hoping this was a series of unfortunate events.

    • eyelashviper February 22nd, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Having grown up in the deep South, the menu looked divine to me, but being that it was in Ohio, the intent seems a bit dubious.
      Still, now I am hungering for a serving of all of the above.

  2. Ronald L February 22nd, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    I’m not sure what to think about this issue. I loving going into the African American neighborhoods to get that exact food. But, it does seem patronizing to do it for black history month.