Central: Multicultural Committee Bobcat Talk
Posted by Communications at 2/15/2017
The Central High School Multicultural Committee Bobcat Talk series presented “The Anatomy
of the N-Word” by ASU professor Dr. Neal Lester, February 13. Lester provided a brief
overview of his research addressing issues of racism, linguistics and culture to the Central student
body. Lester traced the history of the word back to the 16th century, its negative
connotation and its use in literature, music and film, right up its almost colloquial presence in
today’s rap music and culture. His message to the students, “words do matter.”
Bobcat Talk, a monthly speakers’ series, addresses topics related to the promotion of respect for all cultures, dignity for all communities and justice for all people.
The Bobcat Bonanza Speech and Debate tournament had a record turnout, February 10-11. There were a record-63 schools entered with nearly 750 students and 200 adult judges and coaches participating. Schools from Arizona, Colorado, California, and Nevada came to compete.
“We heard nothing but praise for our campus and how welcoming our faculty and staff was to everyone,” Speech and Debate coach Kevin Berlat said.