The 13th annual Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition featured teams of undergraduate students competing for a cash prize and the opportunity to have their historical figure entered in the college’s hall of fame.

Malik Hall, Zheng Nie, and Jiarun Xing

Malik Hall, Zheng Nie, and Jiarun Xing celebrate their first-place finish in the Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame Case Competition.

The competition was part of Project 60/50, Michigan State University’s yearlong conversation to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Nineteen teams composed of 57 MSU undergraduate students from 22 majors competed for one of the final six spots in the case competition on February 19. Each team of three students had 10 minutes to make a case for why their multicultural hero should be inducted into the Black History Month Multicultural Heroes Hall of Fame showcase. The presentations were judged by Paulette Granberry Russell, senior advisor to the president for diversity; Lee June, Honors College professor; and Sherri Henry, assistant director of Undergraduate Academic Services.

Team Generation X, which consisted of Zheng Nie (BA Accounting ’16), Jiarun Xing (BA Supply Chain Management ’16), and Malik Hall, took first place with their presentation on W.E.B. DuBois and received $2,000. Other diverse heroes presented at the competition included Elizabeth Cady Stanton, abolitionist and women’s rights activist; Archbishop Desmond Tutu, social rights activist; and Thurgood Marshall, the lawyer who argued the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case before the Supreme Court and later became the court’s first African American justice.

The students in the competition represented a variety of colleges including the Broad College, College of Arts and Letters, College of Natural Science, College of Education, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, James Madison College, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Honors College.

The competition was sponsored by the Broad College of Business, Multicultural Business Programs, and Altria Group Distribution Company.