Moving Forward Together: Leadership Spotlight
Frank X Walker, assistant professor, English and Theatre; interim director of the African/African American Studies Program
Frank X Walker, assistant professor, in the Department of English and Theatre and interim director of the African/African American Studies Program, is featured in this ongoing series designed to allow EKU leaders to discuss their roles as well as campus issues. Walker holds an undergraduate degree in English from UK, an MFA in Writing from Spalding University and two honorary doctorates from Transylvania University and UK.
Assistant Professor, English and Theatre
Interim Director, African/African American Studies Program
What do you think is Martin Luther King's legacy?
I think Dr. King's legacy is that social change can occur through non-violent means in spite of the irony that his beliefs cost him his own life.
What can we, as an educational institution, learn from Martin Luther King's life?
I think that we could learn from his life that real change requires a multiracial communal effort from the bottom up. Real change can only happen at EKU when the realization that its everybody's responsibility to make it happen and not the singular role of a specific group or committee is achieved.
How has the African/African-American Studies program grown at EKU?
I would like to think that the African/African American Studies Program has grown a lot but its still barely a year old and largely and unknown on this campus. I think that until every single college in the university's total curriculum offerings reflects the need to offer classes that will provide the kind of broad minded education that every single graduate of this institution needs to be truly educated, the program is in danger of just being a token.
How does the program contribute to our learning community?
In the absence of an African American cultural center or even a multicultural center on this campus, the program can serve as a recruiting tool for students and faculty of color and an opportunity for students to engage in interdisciplinary analysis of past and present social and cultural issues relevant to Africans and African Americans. It benefits all EKU students by providing training in diversity that is much needed to function in our fast changing global society.
What are your future hopes for the program?
My future hope for the program is that we find a way to take advantage of our unique opportunity to be the regional academic center of all things Affrilachian and that more EKU students will become interested enough in the program to declare a minor in African/African American studies and that ultimately we become a real department.