Students in the African and African American Studies program often collaborate with various departments and organizations within the university to create work that highlights salient community, nationwide, and international issues affecting the lives of peoples of African and African American descent.
Black Women's Lives Matter
Students from Dr. Judith Ezekiel's Spring 2015 Women's Studies courses, "Feminist Activism" and "Women, Gender, and Black Freedom Movements," collaborated to create a booklet that presents the lives of a dozen black women who were killed by the police or who died while in police custody, in order to argue for the inclusion of black women in the "Black Lives Matter" movement, not merely as originators and supporters of the cause but as a group that is protected and remembered within the movement in the same capacity as black men.
Black Lives Matter! But does this include Black girls and women? In the current movement, it is often assumed that the only victims, in particular when it comes to police killings, are male. Black boys and men are, no doubt, most frequently targeted, however their female counterparts are also endangered. Lack of concern about Black girls and women’s lives in our movement could be dangerously divisive. We call for solidarity with and among Black men and women, to show that all Black lives matter.
Created by: Judith Ezekiel, Tristina Allen, Stephanie Brooks, Dylan Colvin, Dana Graham, Gloria Graziano, Kathy Hayes, Jameela Henderson, Hannah Hendrix, Olivia Jackson, Ashley Johnson, Toshia Johnson, BreAnna Kusko, Matthew Luc, Tiree Moore, Carly Perkins, Stephanie Rushing, Kyle Smith, Kelsey Tingler, Taylor Walker, and Jo Wildman.