DURHAM – For the second consecutive year, the Duke volleyball program continues its Share the Mic campaign during Black History Month, a partnership with several HBCU volleyball programs around the country.
First launched in 2020 by associate head coach Kellie Catanach Johnson, Share the Mic is intended to help increase the visibility of HBCU programs within the sport, provide a platform for their student-athletes to have their voices heard and form a partnership between the schools to impact change for years to come.
“Personally, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of a husband who is not only a former Duke football student-athlete, but who has worked at two different HBCUs over the last several years,” Catanach Johnson said. “This has allowed me the opportunity to understand just a little bit better the experiences of these student-athletes. HBCUs have such incredible and rich histories and, like so many Black stories, they are often overlooked. We’ve also learned that one of the most important pieces of allyship is elevating Black voices and were inspired by the #ShareTheMic movement on social media this summer to lend our own platform. As a program, we have the privilege of the Duke brand, which gives us an opportunity to reach tens of thousands of people through our social media platforms. By marrying these two things, we knew we could use this privilege to take actionable steps towards change by lending the power of that Duke brand.
Share the Mic will kick off next week on the Duke volleyball instagram account.
In 2024, Duke celebrates its Centennial, marking one hundred years since Trinity College became Duke University. Duke will use this historic milestone to deepen the understanding of its history, inspire pride and strengthen bonds and partnerships, and prepare for a second century of continued excellence and impactful leadership. To learn more, please visit 100.duke.edu