Solidarity rally on South Deck concludes Black History Month
By Edward Saenz
To conclude Black History Month, the Student Government Association hosted a solidarity rally to honor Black lives lost to social injustice through spoken word, song and celebration on Feb. 28 on the South Deck.
Assistant Dean of Students Branston Harris kicked off the event singing a rendition of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come.”
UHD Professor Jonathan Chism was the first to speak, giving an empowering speech. UHD student Sidney Castro followed, reciting a spoken word poem she wrote as a freshman.
The poem was a play on the childhood tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” however it narrated the infamous shooting of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman who was shot while sleeping in her apartment in March 2020.
The second part of her poem was about the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was murdered in a racially motivated hate crime while jogging through his neighborhood.
The final speaker was RoShawn Evans, a co-founder of Pure Justice, an organization that uses education and research as methods to help reform institutions and systems that perpetuate social and criminal injustices. The organization aims to improve the lives of low-income and working-class families. Evans opened up about his own experiences with an unfair legal system.
Eddy Guerra, a freshman attendee, explained that the rally helped him understand the concerns and needs of the Black community.
“I am not as aware as I would want to be,” Guerra added.
When asked for his opinion on the event and Black History Month as a whole, Kevin Peters talked about the impact it had on him.
“People are coming together and working together,” Peters said.
“This rally was a success. If we hold more events, we can help end [racial tensions].”
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