This is Stevan Winn, also known as Steve. Winn is originally from Inglewood, California. He is a junior year WNMU student-athlete, majoring in Business Management. Winn is also a work-study office worker for the Student Accessibility Services located in the Center for Student Success (CSS). Winn shared with The Mustang his perspective on Black History Month.
Q: What is the importance of Black History Month, to you?
Seeing what both our cultural ancestors and leaders did for us and how they put their lives on the line to study black history because a lot of generations haven’t been taught about black background.
Q: Out of all the African American activists, who are your heroes? If you could choose to meet one, who would it be?
My top three are Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. I would like to meet Rosa Parks. She had the strength to stand up for everyone, not just herself. I would like to know what drove her, as a black woman in a white-dominated society, to defend herself and her people.
Q: Do you believe that African Americans still suffer from the scrutiny of the past? Do you think that times have gotten better or worse? Could we, as a society, work harder?
I would say yes, they do. I also think that times have gotten better, but it’s hidden. There isn’t a limelight, and it isn’t as bad as it used to be; however, teamwork makes the dream work. There is always room for improvement.
Q: Would you say that the Western New Mexico campus is both well-diverse and well-educated in cultural and ethical backgrounds?
WNMU is diverse, but they could always do more. I will say that I always see the staff trying; the effort is definitely there. But as mentioned previously, there is always more room for improvement.