So the little guy from California did it!
Tyree A. Boyd- Pates received his Masters's in Africology from Temple University, PA.
... Running on maybe 5 hours of sleep due to excitement, I laid in my bed contemplating the milestone I was about to accomplish. Rushing into the shower, and ironing my garments, I was continuously interrupted by my Grandmother who wanted to get multiple pictures of me in my Regalia. Finally, after a sparse breakfast, Her and I rushed to the Anderson building in what felt like 100 degree weather under nearly 3 layers of clothing. After making several greetings with well wishers I arrived to Anderson Hall and it began to sink in. I actually did it!
After two years in a foreign Pennsylvania land full of cheesesteaks, hoagies, culture, and intellectual discussion, I officially have my Masters' of Arts in African American Studies from Temple University.
Temple University was a wonderful institution that not only stretched me, but grew me. Here I learned the significance of personal reflection, communal responsibility, leadership, and the privilege of an education. Moreover, I learned my responsibility toward scholarship, and how it becomes useless to those around me if it doesn't engage, shape, and reimagine their crucial questions about Life, Faith, Race, & their particpation within them .
Certainly, this was one of the most momentous occasions of my life, that proved to me that the impossible is actually possible.
"On May 8th, The Student Coalition for the Reinstatement of Dr. Monteiro with Tenure held a large rally on the corner of Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. The rally held nearly 200 people made up of professors, activists, community members, and members of the press.Guest speakers at the event included CNN political analyst Marc Lamont Hill, Philadelphia activist Pam Afrika, and keynote Dr. Cornel West.The afternoons protestors were demonstrating in the ongoing effort to restore Temple professor Dr. Anthony Monteiro to his previous post at the University with tenure.Dr. Monteiro was employed at Temple University on a year-to-year basis for ten years. He was informed at the end of the 2013 academic year that his contract would not be renewed."
Here are several photos that document how the rally unfolded.
Student protestors were in full support of Dr.Monteiro and his reinstatement in front of Morgan Hall.
Tony Monteiro and Dr. Cornel West stood in solidarity during the open remarks by the Student coalition.
Student activists also appeared in solidarity with Dr. Monteiro, and spoke on the lack of living employment for African-American and Latino communities in Philadelphia, and severe cases of gentrification of North Philadelphia.
Dr. Monteiro looked optimistically at the level of support he had galvanized for the cause of his reinstatement. Supporters of all ages organized in support of Dr. Monteiro and his cause. Here is an elder community member who stood with a sign detailing her stance.
During Dr. Wests passionate speech he stated that "When you attack Tony Monteiro, you attack a black man named Cornel West too. Ain't no doubt about that"- Cornel West
"..You're attacking Angela Davis, Du Bois, Robeson, Sinclair Drake. I'm talking about tradition; not about individuals." - Cornel West
“Who has been to more marches, more sit-ins than this man right here?” - Marc Lamont Hill on Dr. Monteiro's contributions to not only the academy, but to the community
As the Sun set on Broad Street, Dr. Monteiro looked onward very pleased and confident about the outcome. At the end, He, Dr. West, and Hill embraced at the success of the afternoon and their hopes for tomorrow.
The decision to reinstate Dr. Monteiro by Temple Administration will officially be made in the Summer of 2014.
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