(Layron Livingston/WHIO/Dayton Daily News)

A college president in Ohio has apologized for a Black History Month menu that included fried chicken and other soul food staples and said the school’s administration would work to make sure it wouldn’t happen again.

The menu at Wright State University also listed collard greens, cornbread and mashed potatoes, the Cox Media Group reported, and was posted with pictures of historical figures, including Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The menu was removed last week, according to the school’s Twitter feed.

“I apologize to anyone hurt by the display,” Wright State University President David Hopkins wrote in a campus e-mail, which he later posted on Twitter. “To our credit, the menu was quickly removed. But the larger question remains: Why was it done? I will find out. We will take steps to prevent this kind of behavior occurring in the future.”

Billy Barabino, president of Wright State’s Black Student Union, told Cox Media that he was “extremely hurt” by the Black History Month menu, which he called “a knock in the face.” He added: “I was extremely offended by it because it minimizes who we are as people.”

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Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services — the company that works with the university, according to Cox Media — also released a statement apologizing, which read:

As a proud campus foodservice provider, our commitment to diversity is reflected in the companies, partnerships, guests and associates that make us who we are. Collectively, we have developed a positive impact within the communities we serve through our dedication to diversity and inclusion.

Chartwells celebrates many national events on campus and tries to provide authentic and traditional cuisine to reflect each theme. In no way was the promotion associated with Black History Month meant to be insensitive. We could have done a better job putting this in context of a cultural dining experience. We sincerely apologize.

As others have pointed out, this isn’t the first time that something like this this has happened. There were similar issues last year at a Catholic school in California and at Lasell College in Massachusetts.

“I think many times, in attempts to be inclusive and to honor diversity, people who might be in the majority community or in communities other than the ethnic groups they’re trying to honor, sometimes get it wrong,” Kimberly Barrett, Wright State’s vice president of multicultural affairs and community engagement, told Cox Media. “Inclusion is an ongoing process where we have to continually re-evaluate and move forward. I was thrilled when they decided to remove the sign.”

Wright State is located in Fairborn, Ohio, a city about 16 miles from Dayton.

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