School Agrees Black History Month Menu Was In Bad Taste

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A student group at Drake University in Des Moines has expressed concern over the menu at a campus dinner intended to celebrate Black History Month.

Tess Montgomery, president of the Coalition of Black Students, says some African-American students felt embarrassed and patronized by a Wednesday night dinner menu that included fried chicken and collard greens. Montgomery says the menu perpetuated offensive stereotypes.

The school said in a statement that the meal was planned by Drake's food services provider Sodexo without input from the campus community. The statement called the dinner a well-intentioned effort, but inappropriate and misguided. Sodexo has apologized and is planning a second dinner with the student group.


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