For the second time in 15 years the Black History Month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition ended in a first place tie. Two teams of MSU undergraduates from the Eli Broad College of Business earned first place honors. DaCh’ana Blaydes, Sarah Marshall, LaToya Smith made the case for the induction of Maya Angelou, American author and civil rights activist into the Hall of Fame. Ashley Johns, Alex Thoresen and Carlos Salcedo made the case for the induction of Harvey Milk, an American politician and the first openly gay elected official into the Hall of Fame. Each team received a $2000 cash grand prize.
Members of the winning team Legend, presented Maya Angelou, are:
DaCh’ana Blaydes of Detroit, MI, daughter of Latisha Mayfield and Calvin Blaydes and is a 2013 graduate of Belleville High School in Belleville, MI. She is a Business Admitted junior in the Eli Broad College of Business.
Sarah Marshall of Southfield, MI, daughter of Suzanne and Derris Marshall is a 2012 graduate of Southfield-Lathrup High School. She is a Finance senior in the Eli Broad College of Business.
LaToya Smith of Belleville, MI, daughter of Melissa Gardner and Shawn Smith is a 2013 graduate of Belleville High School. She is a Business Admitted junior in the Eli Broad College of Business.
Members of the winning team, Broad Alliance, presented Harvey Milk, are:
Ashley Johns of Port Huron, MI, daughter of Stephanie Huss and John Johns and is a 2012 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School. She is a Marketing senior in the Eli Broad College of Business
Alex Thoresen of Bloomfield Hills, MI, son of Kim and Michael Thoresen and is a 2012 graduate of Brother Rice High School. He is a Supply Chain Management senior in the Eli Broad College of Business.
Carlos Salcedo-Achuy of Clarkston, MI, son of
Carlos and Teresa Salcedo is a 2010 graduate of Clarkston High School. He is a
Supply Chain Management senior in the Eli Broad College of Business.
Members of second place team, Black Girl Magic, presented John Brown, American abolitionist, are:
Emettra Nelson of Southfield, MI daughter of Traci and Emmett Nelson is a 2011 graduate of Southfield Lathrup High School. She is an Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Education senior in the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources.
Camri Nelson of Southfield, MI daughter of Traci and Emmett Nelson is a 2014 graduate of Southfield Lathrup High School. She is an Arts and Humanities sophomore in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities.
Ja’Del Hughes Davis of Detroit, MI daughter of Jacqueline Battles and Dell Davis is a 2012 graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School. She is a Chemical Engineering senior in the College of Engineering.
Other heroes presented were Charles Houston, civil rights activist, Raoul Wallenberg, the “Angel of Budapest”, Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
The student teams represented a diverse cross-section of MSU students from College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Lyman Briggs, College of Natural Science, College of Social Science, Eli Broad College of Business, College of Arts and Letters, College of Education, Charles Drew Science Scholars, and the Honors College.
The MSU Faculty Panel judging the competition included Dr. Lee June, Honors College professor and former Vice President for Student Affairs and Services and Associate Provost for Academic Student Services and Multicultural Issues; Paulette Granberry Russell, Advisor to the MSU President for Diversity and Director MSU’s Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives; and Ms. Sherri Henry, Associate Director of Admissions, Eli Broad College of Business.
Multicultural Business Programs and Altria Group Distribution Company sponsor the competition.