The Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum during the past year when student activists took to the streets, schools Secondary schools, campuses and executive conferences to address racial inequality These young activists spoke out against everything from police killings, corruption in student elections, to racial inequality on their campuses.
Black student activists achieved much in the last year and reached new levels of success.They not only fought for racial equality, they also united a community, inspired many and finally achieved a change in their campuses and institutions. Here are 10 achievements that black student activists have achieved in a year.
In particular, the University of Missouri has struggled to address race and diversity in the The former president of the University of Missouri, Tim Wolfe, resigned in the midst of student protests against his handling of racial incidents on campus.Wolfe's decision came during a tense time on the campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia , when a graduate student, Jonathan Butler, announced his decision to start a hunger strike until Wolfe addressed his concerns, as well as the concerns of the activist group # ConcernedStudent1950.
At Bryn Mawr College, a series of events developed when two college students hung a Confederate flag in a hallway of the dormitory. In addition to hanging the flag, the two students drew a Mason-Dixon line in the hallway. [The Mason-Dixon line symbolizes a separation between the North and the South, and usually is attributed to southern pride.] Soon after, a mass demonstration led by hundreds of students, all dressed in black, called for an end to racism on their campus.
Simultaneously, a video of a racist song of men allegedly fraternity brothers at the University of Oklahoma went viral. Students outraged by such an incident started a movement called Unheard. Both Unheard and WakeUpWSU students participated in what became a national trend hashtag, #WakeUpAndHearMe. In addition, the athletes, coaches and former players of the University of Oklahoma joined together to condemn the shocking video that emerged online.
The University of California, Berkeley, organized a protest against the Black Brunch, broke into restaurants with posters and read the names of black Americans who died in clashes with police. The protest was organized by the Black Student Union (BSU) of Berkeley in light of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Similar protests took place in New York City and Oakland, California, during the same weekend and were posted on social media with #BlackBrunchNYC and # Oakland2NYC.
In the same month, hundreds of students High school students from Seattle held the same protest, about 600 students lying in the middle of traffic for four and a half hours, the amount of time that Michael Brown's body was left on the street after being shot. .
Students protested at the University of Alabama by issuing a series of lawsuits for their school to address. The students requested solutions where the school could better serve the marginalized people in their campus. Its general objective was to eradicate the secret societies on its campus. The Machine, or Theta Nu Epsilon, is a secret society formed by certain members of fraternities and fraternities at the University of Alabama, and dictates how Greek life should vote during the student government elections. Theta Nu Epsilon, recently encouraged members of Greek life to vote against Elliot Spillers, the first black president of the Student Government Association in four decades, and against Halle Lindsay, a candidate for the returning queen who She was one of the first black women to join a traditionally traditional women's brotherhood. at the University of Alabama. The students protested the end of a corrupt system on their campus, a more equitable representation and the end of the influence of Theta Nu Epsilon