Personal testimonies from CC students open conversations on campus

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Personal testimonies from CC students open conversations on campus

Photo Credit: Megan Robinson; Peighton Davis speaking to the group on the subject of Black Live Matters.

Photo Credit: Megan Robinson; Peighton Davis speaking to the group on the subject of Black Live Matters.

Photo Credit: Megan Robinson; Peighton Davis speaking to the group on the subject of Black Live Matters.

Photo Credit: Megan Robinson; Peighton Davis speaking to the group on the subject of Black Live Matters.

Megan Robinson, Staff Writer

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In response to the social media post that took place on campus, a sociology class taught by Joyce Fields, Ph.D. professor of child and family studies, jumpstarted Black Lives Matter Awareness week, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.

The Columbia College basketball team and Melissa Brannen, director of multicultural affairs, organized events for every day to help others understand the Black Lives Matter movement and increase awareness of the individual impact of social injustice.

“At this college, we are taught that skin color, nationality, gender and opposing beliefs do not matter, but integrity, compassion, commitment, competence and most importantly courage matter most of all,” Katie Odom, junior elementary education major, said.

Odom, one of the chairpersons of the event, felt very strongly about the cause and commented on seeing people throw away her flyers.

“It hurt me because I knew some of the people who did it. Some of them asked me why I was doing this. It’s not for a grade; it’s because I want to understand it more because I don’t understand, and I’m mad because they don’t want to try to listen,” Odom said.

On Oct. 31, the class held two Black Lives Matter education workshops where there was a discussion of the goals and origin of the movement. The class defined blackface and  played videos of police shootings. Several students walked out because of heated discussions and the graphic nature of the videos.

“I can’t believe that they would just walk out. I don’t think that it was anything wrong with showing the videos because it’s what happened. If you can’t face it, then don’t run from it,” Kristina Shone, sophomore behavioral science major, said.

The afternoon continued with several stories from individuals of different races wanting to be heard.

“Just because I say black lives matter, doesn’t mean your life doesn’t,” Peighton Davis, sophomore, said.

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