By Tonial Butler
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) gained attention last year when they commemorated Black History Month by honoring the first five black students to attend Wesleyan College. This year the BSA, in association with the Lane Center for Community Engagement, has set their sights even higher by trying to get first lady, Michelle Obama, to speak here at Wesleyan College this February.
BSA and Lane Center are currently in the process trying to get Obama’s attention using a barrage of emails and letters asking her to come to Wesleyan. As such, they plan on holding letter writing parties and having form letters which interested students can sign.
According to Rhonda Green-Barnes, Director of the Lane Center, students will appeal to Obama on the premise of service in the community. Wesleyan’s connection with community service is well known. Therefore, Obama would be expected to speak primarily on this topic. BSA President Natalia Fuller stresses the fact that there is no political agenda behind the visit as Obama would not be speaking about politics. The event would be open to the public and would be held in the Porter Auditorium.