Honestly, I don't know if I would technically be considered an activist.
But I do know the feeling I get in my chest when I see or hear the news updates of murders in the African American community, the spark that goes through my body when I overhear a conversation about police brutality. The anger I experience when I hear of other Black college students facing racial injustices at predominately white institutions around the country. I don't know everything but I'm eager to learn and passionate about understanding myself better to in turn contribute to the movement.
The definition of an "Activist" is a person who campaigns for some kind of social change. When you participate in a march protesting the closing of a neighborhood library, you're an activist. Someone who's actively involved in a protest or a political or social cause can be called an activist.
The key word for me here is "active". Meaning we have to DO something.
My best friend and I recently led our Black Students United meeting, titled:
So you wanna be an activist?
We passed out this worksheet: soyouwannabe that we created together to help spark the conversation around where, how, and why we should each individually contribute to the movement.
The recent events at The University of Missouri have inspired black students all around the country to share their support for Mizzou while also demanding that their needs on their campus be met.
Black Students United at The University of Akron have been meeting with officials at UA to keep our Office of Multicultural Development on campus and to request more support for minority groups here. Check out our rally in support of Mizzou and Black unity on our campus!
My friends and I are excited to be putting some action to our emotions about things going on in our community. Feel free to download the worksheet we created about what being an activist means to you and let me know your thoughts!