Nineteen Fifty-Six Vol. 1 No. 1 Inspiring Firsts

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<strong>Inspiring</strong><strong>Firsts</strong><br />



Dear Black<br />

Students,<br />

You do matter. The numerous achievements and talents<br />

of Black students deserve to be recognized. As of Fall<br />

2019, 10.50% of students on campus identified as Black or<br />

African American. Black students are disproportionately<br />

underrepresented in various areas on campus. <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> is a Black student-led magazine that amplifies<br />

the voices within the University of Alabama’s Black<br />

community. It also seeks to educate students from all<br />

backgrounds on culturally-important issues and topics in<br />

an effort to produce socially-conscious, ethical and wellrounded<br />

citizens.<br />


SEPTEMBER 2020<br />


03<br />


Tionna Taite<br />


Bhavana Ravala<br />


A’Neshia Turner<br />


Zahrea Small<br />


Farrah Sanders<br />


Reena Miller<br />


Haley Wilson<br />


Sala Bandele-Jackson<br />


Nickell Grant<br />


Taylor Garner<br />


Jeffrey Kelly, Rachel Parker, Ashlee Woods, Jasmine<br />

Hollie, Kayla Bryan, Shamiel Moore, Madison<br />

Carmouche, Vu Le, Tayla Bonner, Donovan Harris<br />

Breona Winn, Cassidy Burrell, Tyala Bonner, Karris<br />

Harmon, Kaela Robinson, Derrick Thomas, Madison<br />

Davis, Ma'Kia Moulton, Kende'lyn Thompson,<br />

Dominique Satterwhite, Jolencia Jones, Armyll Smith,<br />

Asia Anderson<br />


Toni Taite and Kim Taite<br />

Mark Mayfield<br />

Traci Mitchell<br />

Terry Siggers<br />



Julie Salter<br />

Jessie Jones<br />

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Alabama. All content and design are produced by students in consultation<br />

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“<br />

Meaningful change often<br />

”<br />

happens as a result of a<br />

revelation rather than a<br />

resolution.<br />

- Viola Davis<br />


R<br />

evelation is defined as a surprising and<br />

previously unknown fact. <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong><br />

Magazine was founded on the revelation that<br />

there was nothing like it on-campus. It is my<br />

hope that <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> leads you to revelations<br />

that positively impact and better the lives of others.<br />

During the summer, I sought ways to pass the time<br />

while also being productive. I decided to create a<br />

blog named Becoming Black Excellence offering<br />

minority students– especially Black students–<br />

educational resources and insights into the college<br />

experience. Working on this blog led me to ponder<br />

if there were any outlets and opportunities on<br />

campus, specifically in the media department, that<br />

granted Black students the opportunity to share<br />

their unique stories and gain experience in the<br />

form of digital media. While I found that other<br />

student publications were making steps to be more<br />

inclusive and diverse, there was still a need for a<br />

student magazine that covered all of the diverse<br />

aspects and topics that affect the Black community<br />

at the University of Alabama.<br />

Ultimately, I became inspired to create a magazine<br />

that celebrated and focused on Black culture, Black<br />

excellence and Black student experiences. <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> is the first Black student-led magazine at<br />

the University of Alabama through the Office of<br />

Student Media. I wanted the title of the magazine<br />

to connect with the history of Black students at<br />

the University of Alabama. The title refers to the<br />

year that Autherine Lucy, the first Black student,<br />

officially enrolled at the University of Alabama.<br />

I wrote a proposal to UA faculty and the Office of<br />

Student Media during June. This magazine has only<br />

been a reality for three months, but so much has<br />

been accomplished during this time. I am excited to<br />

present the very first issue of <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> to<br />

you all. I hope this magazine issue leaves you with<br />

the desire to enact change within your community.<br />

X<br />





09<br />


Marching with Mindfulness<br />

12<br />

When Sports Fell Silent<br />

14<br />

Ballot Baricade<br />


25<br />

Building Bridges to a<br />

Lasting Legacy<br />

17<br />


Activism: A Detailed Guide<br />

on How To Use Your Voice<br />

20<br />

Quarantine Hobbies<br />

22<br />

Black Excellence on Screen<br />

29<br />


Getting Involved on Campus<br />

30<br />

The Discomfort Around Us<br />



Vivian Malone Jones<br />

07<br />

She was the first African American<br />

graduate of the University of Alabama.


F<br />

or five months, the United States has been<br />

entangled in a turbulent relationship with<br />

the COVID-19 pandemic while also witnessing<br />

countless reprehensible acts caused by systemic<br />

racism within the justice system.<br />

For students of color, the already complicated situation<br />

has become more complex with a new semester on<br />

the horizon. <strong>No</strong>w, while trying to assimilate to a “new<br />

normal” on a global scale, students have been met with<br />

another on an academic one.<br />

However, students of color don’t have to confront these<br />

stressful situations alone.<br />

“I know a lot of us are balancing school, work, and then<br />

everything with the systemic racism, so having someone<br />

to vent to is really important,” said Jamaria Hill, a junior<br />

at The University of Alabama and the vice president of<br />

My Mind Matters, a student organization on campus<br />

that focuses on the mental health and wellness of Black<br />

students.<br />

Hill said the organization was created to allow<br />

Black students to have a safe space to have essential<br />

discussions about mental health.<br />

“Students are dealing with a lot right now,” said Jennifer<br />

Turner, the Coordinator of Clinical Services at UA’s<br />

Counseling Center.<br />

She said having to leave campus and deal with loss of<br />

all kinds abruptly has created an environment where<br />

“people aren’t maybe coping at their best.”<br />

“Then we started to have the protests and being a Black<br />

identifying woman myself; I know how stressful that’s<br />

been for me,” Turner said.<br />

To combat that stress, Turner helped create a virtual<br />

support group within the Counseling Center called<br />

“Coping with a time of growth and change: a support<br />

group for Black and African American identified<br />

students.”<br />

The support group will touch on emotional health,<br />

social health, role expectations and more.<br />

Though these discussions about mental health are<br />

needed, they don’t always happen as often as possible.<br />

According to the Health and Human Services Office of<br />

Minority Health, Black Americans are 20% more likely<br />

to experience serious mental health problems than the<br />

general population.<br />

Furthermore, according to The Washington Post,<br />

anxiety and depression symptoms in African Americans<br />

have tripled since 2019, rising from 8% to 34%.<br />


But despite these very real mental health concerns, the<br />

combination of socioeconomic disparities, inequality of<br />

care and social stigma prevents most Black people from<br />

getting the treatment they need.<br />

“I think we may not have these conversations because<br />

of the negative outlook that the Black community<br />

sometimes has when it comes to mental health,” Hill<br />

said.<br />

Hill said to fix anything, you have to have conversations<br />

with people who understand what you’re going through.<br />

However, before learning how to cope with a mental<br />

health issue, individuals must first acknowledge the<br />

problem and understand that everyday things can be<br />

triggers.<br />

Although it has been vital in spreading news and the<br />

important narratives of activists during protests, for<br />

some people social media is triggering. With many<br />

videos circulating platforms depicting Black people<br />

being murdered, violent encounters at protests, biased<br />

reporting from news outlets and more, some have<br />

difficulty staying informed while also staying in the<br />

right mind frame.<br />

“We’ve seen enough videos of people dying,” Turner<br />

said.<br />

She said she avoids videos like that and prefers news<br />

outlets like NPR because they usually do not engage in<br />

sensationalism.<br />

“That’s a way I protect myself, and that’s a way I have to<br />

protect myself,” Turner said.<br />

Hill and Turner both agreed that curating a positive<br />

feed is essential for maintaining mental health on<br />

social media.<br />

Hill said to benefit her mental health, she sometimes<br />

dials back her social media consumption and takes a<br />

personal day.<br />

“Every now and then, it’s kind of needed,” she said.<br />

Lux Murray, a lead organizer of T-Town Freedom<br />

Marches, uses what he sees as fuel in the fight for<br />

change.<br />

09<br />

“Currently, with everything going on, I get tired of

seeing the things that have been happening for so long.<br />

That’s why I continue to throw protests because I want<br />

to see a change in this country,” Murray said.<br />

While protesting can be fuel for some, it might not be<br />

the best idea for others, but there are still ways to help.<br />

Turner said because of a pre-existing injury, it was not<br />

safe for her to attend protests, so instead she bought<br />

masks for the protestors. She recalled a friend who<br />

could not participate in protests either but decided to<br />

help with bailout funds.<br />

“Figure out what you can do,” she said. “It is just as<br />

important as being on the front line; you have to provide<br />

respite for those who are on the front line.”<br />

Turner said at times, people feel guilty for doing what<br />

they need to to stay healthy, but people have to do<br />

what’s right for them “so that you can go out there and<br />

deal with anti-Blackness and racism.”<br />

Whether you are on the front lines or just offering<br />

support, mental health is still an important part of<br />

living a happy life while also fighting for change.<br />

“It’s okay to take a day every now and then,” Hill said.<br />

“It’s okay not to be okay.”<br />

Hill said it is important to take mental health seriously<br />

before it gets to the point where it’s overwhelming<br />

because moods like that can be hard to get out of.<br />

“Mental health is very important to me. Your mind is<br />

important. If you need to take time to yourself to get<br />

your mind together, then do so,” Murray said. “I’m<br />

going to continue the fight, and so whenever they get<br />

their mind together, then they can come back and join<br />

us but take care of your mind before you worry about<br />

anything else.”<br />

Regarding the importance of mental health, Turner<br />

recalled the words of a friend who said, “I’m not someone<br />

who can go out and march currently, but I’m raising my<br />

children to be joyful, and that’s radical.”<br />

“If you think about it, it is,” Turner said. “The people<br />

who don’t care for us and do not love us do not want<br />

to see us be joyful and be happy, and I think that’s<br />

important as well as getting out and exercising your<br />

right to vote.”<br />


WHEN<br />

SPORTS<br />

F<br />


E<br />

L<br />

L<br />

SILENT<br />

Sports have culturally served as one of America’s<br />

favorite pastimes. It can be viewed as a welcoming<br />

break from the outside world. A world that<br />

is filled with struggling economies, constant<br />

conflict, and systemic inequalities. During times of<br />

controversy or unrest, it appears as though the two<br />

seemingly separate worlds of sports and advocacy<br />

collide. But are they truly separate? We have seen this<br />

happen repeatedly over the course of organized sport.<br />

History has recorded on-field activists such as Moses<br />

Fleetwood in 1883, Gertrude Ederle in 1926, Tommie<br />

Smith and John Carlos in 1986, and many more.<br />

All of these integral moments in sports were directly<br />

related to social and civil injustice issues happening<br />

at the time. They tend to be heavily politicized while<br />

gaining national attention.<br />

The death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor<br />

has sparked recent national outrage. Protests and<br />

demonstrations spread across America and have<br />

maintained a strong presence for nearly 4 months.<br />

On Aug. 23, 2020, a video of Jacob Blake being shot<br />

seven times in the back by a Kenosha Police Officer<br />

went viral. As conversations and tension quickly grew,<br />

professional sports decided that their power was in<br />

their silence.<br />

On Aug. 26, 2020, players from the WNBA, NBA, MLB,<br />

and NHL decided that they will be postponing games<br />

originally scheduled for that day. Various teams made<br />

public statements, affirming the central message that<br />

racial injustice is a deep issue in this country. Two-time<br />

Grand Slam tennis champion, Naomi Osaka, swiftly<br />

followed by announcing that she will be withdrawing<br />

from the Western & Southern Open. She later resumed<br />

play in the U.S. Open but wore face masks with the names<br />

of Black people who had lost their lives to acts of police<br />

brutality. This sent shock waves throughout the nation.<br />

We had never seen such a bold and polarizing move of<br />

solidarity in the sports world that caused regularly<br />

scheduled games to be postponed.<br />

While others threw support behind them, some expressed<br />

discontent. They mentioned the need for athletes to stay<br />

out of the political sphere. They wished for life to return<br />

to “normal”. But the first domino had already fallen.<br />

Soon after professional sports resumed, college teams<br />

began their own acts of protest. Football teams from The<br />

University of Texas, Boston College, Mississippi State<br />

University, and more canceled practices and released<br />

statements of solidarity.<br />

On Aug. 31, 2020, the Athletic Department of The<br />

University of Alabama, led by the football team and head<br />

coach Nick Saban, marched from the Mal Moore Athletic<br />

Complex to Foster Auditorium. Athletes gathered and<br />

socially distanced in Malone-Hood Plaza, facing the same<br />

area that became famous for the Stand in the Schoolhouse<br />

Door.<br />

Head coach Nick Saban, athletic director Greg Byrne,<br />

University police chief John Hooks, University president<br />

Dr. Stuart Bell and vice president of Diversity, Equity, and<br />

Inclusion Dr. G. Christine Taylor shared words on behalf<br />

of the administration.<br />

“I’ve learned through talking with our student-athletes…<br />

there are things I never had to think about or talk to our<br />

boys about, such as what to do if they got pulled over.<br />

I never had to worry about them getting followed by<br />

security while out shopping. Or potentially be in danger<br />

while going out for a jog,” Byrne voiced. Nick Saban<br />

recognized the influence that those in sports can have.<br />

“Sports has always created a platform for social change...<br />

I think we have a responsibility and an obligation to do<br />

that… and create positive change,” Saban said.<br />


Najee Harris, Chris Owens, and Jarez Parks shared<br />

sentiments on behalf of the athletes.<br />

“The past few months have brought focus to issues that<br />

have been prevalent in society for years,” Harris expressed.<br />

“Black men and women have been the undeserving victims<br />

of racism in many ways including police brutality and<br />

hate crimes.”<br />

He then asks one of the most important questions in the<br />

conversation about social change. “What next?” Najee and<br />

supporting athletes affirmed the need to do more within<br />

the community and collaborate with service organizations.<br />

They also called for holding law enforcement accountable,<br />

asking that local police forces begin re-training officers.<br />

This is in an effort to foster a more equitable space for<br />

members of the community.<br />

According to Dr. Meredith Bagley, Associate Professor<br />

at The University of Alabama, whose research centers<br />

around sports, power, and rhetoric, what we’re beginning<br />

to see in sports culture is slightly different than what<br />

we’ve seen before.<br />

“We’re seeing more variety in the high profile athletes<br />

who take a more prominent role. We’re also seeing levels<br />

of sport and types of sport that we don’t usually think of<br />

as activists. It’s this level of resistive politics,” Dr. Bagley<br />

said.<br />

Resistive politics is one of two forms of widely used<br />

politics. Status Quo politics is the unnamed, yet prevalent,<br />

other half. Dr. Bagley describes organized sport over<br />

the past century as becoming more aligned with Status<br />

Quo politics. For example, Collegiate and professional<br />

teams that win their leagues national title get to visit<br />

the White House. According to a report released by late<br />

former senator John McCain and senator Jeff Flake, the<br />

Department of Defense spent $6.8 million dollars from<br />

2012-2015 on events before professional sports games,<br />

including but not limited to, the honoring of military<br />

members, displaying the American flag and reenlistment<br />

ceremonies. This was justified by the department as a<br />

part of their recruitment strategy.<br />

“The dominant voices that shape American culture are<br />

also shaping sports. We don’t recognize that as politics<br />

because that’s the way our everyday world is running.<br />

Those who are more likely to recognize that as politics are<br />

on the edges or underside of that status,” Bagley clarified.<br />

Essentially, those who belong to communities that have<br />

been marginalized due to these structural rules and<br />

shapings are the ones to recognize those very rules.<br />

These are women athletes who don’t receive equal pay<br />

despite having major success. These are Black women<br />

being accused of drug use because of their natural talent<br />

and strong physical features. These are athletes of color<br />

recognizing the duality of being respected for their<br />

athletic talent yet silenced for their views of society as a<br />

person of color. Those who do not experience the margin,<br />

do not see how sports and politics have been closely<br />

aligned for some time now.<br />

“What we’re seeing now is a potentially unprecedented<br />

and sustained form of Resistive Politics in sports. We’re<br />

seeing this interconnectedness of different leagues<br />

forming organized protests,” Bagley remarked.<br />

Resistive politics hinges upon challenging the status<br />

quo. Bagley likened it to a dinner table conversation of<br />

current events. Opinions are welcomed so long as they<br />

are in agreement with the main beliefs of the house.<br />

Introducing an opinion that challenges those beliefs are<br />

met with the response, “Don’t bring politics into this.”<br />

But, the politics were already there.<br />

That push back is most notably seen in the “shut up and<br />

dribble” responses. The Alabama protest was met with<br />

mixed reviews. Some loudly supported. Some claimed<br />

that they will no longer support the team because of their<br />

stance.<br />

Especially during challenging times, people may view<br />

these resistive acts as a burden. Sports to them used to be a<br />

welcoming break from a long work week or a needed pause<br />

in the middle of a hectic pandemic. The issue lies in the<br />

fact that they’re asking for a break from something that<br />

the very athletes they praise endure without relent. Black<br />

athletes are not afforded a break from institutionalized<br />

racism, no matter the talent or status. It can be fair to say<br />

that no one’s comfort level should be placed above those<br />

seeking basic human rights.<br />

As we continue down this path of sustained resistive<br />

politics in organized sport, we must continue to ask<br />

ourselves the same question that Najee Harris posed.<br />

“What now?” What can we do to continuously press forward<br />

toward positive change? Allowing the marginalized to<br />

lead the charge and have necessary conversations is the<br />

only way to navigate the path of progress.<br />


R A C H E L<br />

V<br />

oting has been a staple of American life since the<br />

formation of the country. From the American<br />

Revolution to now, voting has been utilized to<br />

elect government officials for states, counties<br />

and the country. But, just as the practice of voting<br />

itself is universal, so are the actions prohibiting<br />

those who can vote, specifically Black people and<br />

people of color. Past historical obstacles in place<br />

such as: literacy tests, the Grandfather Clause, and<br />

poll taxes, were used as a barrier and deterrent to<br />

accessible voting. The passage of The Voting Rights<br />

Act of 1965 prohibited racial discrimination in voting<br />

and led to an improvement on voter turnout in the<br />

African American community. But throughout time,<br />

governing bodies with interests to retain their power<br />

formed new ways to suppress voting in communities<br />

of color.<br />

The most common form of voter suppression is felon<br />

disenfranchisement, and this has been exacerbated<br />

through the 2017 Moral Turpitude Act, passed<br />

by Gov. Kay Ivey. This affected African American<br />

communities the most. Even if a conviction does<br />

not prohibit someone from voting, instances of<br />

voters being turned away by their voting registrars<br />

or being told to pay fees to be eligible still act as<br />

discouragement. “It’s placing an obstacle in front of<br />

another obstacle in front of another obstacle, and<br />

then pretending like it’s those people’s faults not<br />

being legally sophisticated minds,” said Dev Wakeley,<br />

a policy analyst for nonprofit organization, Alabama<br />

Arise.<br />

Felon disenfranchisement is also the oldest form of<br />

voter suppresion, with roots connected to slavery.<br />

African Americans were subject to institutionalized<br />

slave labor to pay off debt and barred from participating<br />

in civic life, effectively being silenced and stripped of<br />

their power. “Felon disenfranchisement is currently<br />

the best way that those entrenched power interests<br />

maintain their hold on power. It’s a racist practice.<br />

It always has been and attempts<br />

to maintain,” Wakeley stated.<br />

The practice of maintaining this<br />

power continues as evidenced<br />

through current statistics of<br />

the Alabama population versus<br />

the prison population of African<br />

Americans as discussed by Stephanie<br />

Strong, lead organizer of Faith<br />

in Action, a faith based, nonprofit<br />

organization in Alabama. With goals of<br />

dismantling systemic racism at local and<br />

state levels, this glaring divide shows the<br />

urgency of representation for individuals<br />

in the African American community.<br />

“In Alabama, the African American community<br />

makes up 26% of the population in Alabama<br />

and 50% of African Americans cannot vote<br />

because of felony disenfranchisement, Strong<br />

said. With numbers such as these, it places an<br />

adverse effect on the ability to form a Black<br />

electorate as well as allow for the representation<br />

needed to enact change in policy and elections.<br />


P A R K E R<br />

“It’s also important to know<br />

that although we represent<br />

26% of the population, that<br />

the prison system consists of<br />

54% African Americans.” Felon<br />

disenfranchisement is only one<br />

of the obstacles for voter turnout<br />

among African American voters as<br />

disparities are shown even more<br />

throughout the poorer regions of<br />

Alabama, specifically The Black Belt.<br />

Composed of 17 counties: Barbour,<br />

Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Crenshaw,<br />

Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon,<br />

Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pike,<br />

Russell, Sumter, and Wilcox, is faced<br />

with varying issues of voter access<br />

in polling places including but not<br />

limited to, controversy over closed DMV<br />

offices. Hindering ways to vote and even<br />

register through polling place closures are<br />

mounting acts of discrimination, placing<br />

residents in a bind when additional options<br />

are also criticized and cited as unjust.<br />

Uncertainty over polling places, coupled with<br />

distance and now controversies with mail-in voting,<br />

add to voting obstacles. Allegations of mail-in voting<br />

fraud are used as a weapon against communities of<br />

color, even though they have been proven to be false.<br />

“Voting by mail had not been shown to increase in any<br />

sort of fraudulent activity, pretending that it has is a<br />

lot of the same dishonesty we’ve seen over the course<br />

of decades. And it’s dishonesty in favor of people<br />

who have maintained power structures in Alabama<br />

that hurt marginalized people,” said Wakeley. “The<br />

most fundamental things that we probably need as a<br />

society is a return to pre-clearance under section five<br />

of the Voting Rights Act.”<br />

Coupled with the need for voting regulations, the<br />

need for caring for one another and the vote is also<br />

imperative. Being inclusive of everyone, especially<br />

ones hit hardest with voting restrictions, helps to<br />

level the proverbial playing field and give every<br />

citizen a voice in their interests.<br />

“We have to bear down in every ounce of dignity<br />

and love for one another. We as people have to care<br />

about our fellow brothers and sisters that are having<br />

challenges in getting to the poll, said Strong. Quoting<br />

scripture, Strong continues, with the saying of “gird<br />

up our loins,” that acts as a rallying cry to raise<br />

excitement and give voters a vested interest in the<br />

issues being discussed and know that they matter.<br />

“We have to raise voter joy, right? We have to raise<br />

voter joy that people get excited about what is possible<br />

and they want to vote. That people get excited about<br />

the opportunity to vote, that they can see themselves;<br />

their issues in these platforms that these candidates<br />

are running on, right? We need folks to know how<br />

to disseminate information and everyday language<br />

so that people can make informed decisions about<br />

voting.”<br />



Dianne Kirskey<br />

She was the first African American to be<br />

on the Homecoming court and a founding<br />

member of the Black Student Union.<br />




A Detailed Guide on How to Use Your Voice<br />

Becoming an activist seems like a daunting task.<br />

With so many issues and organizations needing<br />

assistance, it may seem overwhelming to get started.<br />

The first step is easier than most think. It all starts<br />

with the desire to help. We interviewed four members of<br />

The University of Alabama community and asked them to<br />

give us their tips on how to become an activist.<br />

The first step for all activists is being inspired to help<br />

their community. That inspiration can come from many<br />

places. For Teryn Shipman, a University of Alabama<br />

alumna, her inspiration was what she saw during her time<br />

here at the Capstone.<br />

“I never really experienced<br />

the whiteness before like it is<br />

here at UA,” said Shipman.<br />

Being exposed to things<br />

like the confederate flag<br />

and controversial names on<br />

the school buildings gave<br />

her something to fight for.<br />

Growing up around mainly<br />

African Americans, reading<br />

and hearing about how<br />

people of color fought for<br />

change like that also inspired<br />

her to do something like<br />

that on campus. She saw that<br />

there was a need for change<br />

here at the University. From<br />

that point on, her time at the<br />

University has led her to fight for issues like voter rights<br />

and the prison-industrial complex. If the desire to help<br />

better the UA campus, community or the world is not a<br />

driving factor, you will get easily discouraged.<br />

The desire to make a change is a great start, but how<br />

do you turn your passion into action? UA senior Mikayla<br />

Wyatt advocates for networking yourself and your plan to<br />

other people on campus or in the community.<br />

“Always network and make sure to meet at least two to<br />

three people that can advance the plans that you have.<br />

There are definitely students out there who have the<br />

same mindset as you,” said Wyatt.<br />

Finding people to help you on this journey of<br />

activism is just one part of putting your words and<br />

passion into action. Another aspect Teryn points<br />

out is creating genuine relationships with the<br />

connections you have in your community or on campus.<br />

“We can use each other’s experience to build upon our<br />

relationships with each<br />

other,” said Shipman.<br />

Shipman would also state that<br />

having genuine conversations<br />

about your experiences<br />

creates a support system for<br />

you to lean on. She also stated<br />

to do your research on the<br />

issue you’re passionate about.<br />

The willingness to learn more<br />

about activism and ways to<br />

help your community is vital<br />

to your growth as an activist.<br />

When pursuing activism,<br />

there will be times where<br />

the work being done in the<br />

community or on campus<br />

seems like it is for naught.<br />

How does one deal with that<br />

doubt or fear? UA Junior, Sterling Dozier, acknowledges<br />

the validity of having that fear when branching out into<br />

activism. But he stated that people should learn how to<br />

embrace the resistance that comes with speaking out for<br />

or against something.<br />

“The resistance you get is definitely a testament to the<br />

work you’re doing,” said Dozier.<br />


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Shipman echoed that sentiment and said knowing your<br />

why [for getting into activism] can help ease that fear as<br />

well. While she understands why someone may be nervous,<br />

Shipman added that being nervous is ok. Like Dozier, she<br />

advises people to embrace their nervousness and fear and<br />

turn those emotions into action.<br />

Protecting your mental health is crucial when fighting<br />

for change. Dozier and Shipman stated creating a support<br />

system and leaning on organizations for positivity helped<br />

ease their worries and kept them grounded. How can one<br />

create this group of supportive people? For Shipman, she<br />

relied on campus resources like the Counseling Center<br />

here at the University. There are organizations like My<br />

Mind Matters, a group Dozier is a part of, that promotes<br />

bettering the mental health of Black students here at the<br />

University. Protecting the mental health of people is not<br />

limited to campus. Community leader JacQuan Winters<br />

started the Kristen Amerson Youth Foundation, designed<br />

to prevent suicide among youth. It was named after his<br />

sister, who tragically committed suicide at the age of 11.<br />

“The objective is to keep Kristen’s memory and legacy<br />

alive,” Winters said. “<strong>No</strong>t only that, but to also make sure<br />

no other child or family has to go through what my family<br />

had to go through.”<br />

Tapping into resources like these can better your wellbeing<br />

as you continue to advocate for change.<br />

Activism does not look the same for everyone. For some,<br />

it’s creating posts and petitions. Others may organize<br />

protests or do community work. Some may just educate<br />

themselves and have conversations. Whatever your<br />

particular area is, Wyatt states that people should be bold<br />

when stepping out for change while remembering who<br />

and why you are pursuing activism.<br />

“An activist is the person that’s in the community doing<br />

great things on the behalf of other people,” Winters said.<br />

“It’s someone who advocates for those that don’t have a<br />

voice.”<br />

All four activists and community leaders push for knowing<br />

your reasons for doing community work. For at the end of<br />

the day, the fight for change is about helping the people<br />

who have no other outlet.<br />

Teryn Shipman is an alumna of the University. She majored<br />

in Political Science. Currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia,<br />

she is a first year law student at Southern University.<br />

She is the creator of “For Black Girls Who Have a Lot To<br />

Say,” a blog highlighting issues that affect Black women<br />

and the community. She uses her blog to educate her<br />

readers on issues that she cares about and ways they [her<br />

readers] can support. She is an advocate for voter rights,<br />

eradicating gender violence, and the abolishment of the<br />

prison-industrial complex.<br />

Mikayla Wyatt is a senior at the University. She is majoring<br />

in Political Science. She is from the state of Georgia.<br />

She is the Opinions Editor for the Crimson White. She<br />

organized a protest for the resigning of Dr. Jamie Riley,<br />

former Dean of Students in 2019.<br />

Sterling Dozier is a junior at the University. He is<br />

majoring in Finance and Economics. He was born and<br />

raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Dozier is a member of<br />

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and is the treasure of the<br />

University’s chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.<br />

He also started the Black Business Student Association,<br />

which is a group intended to help the Black students<br />

enrolled in the Culverhouse College of Business. He is also<br />

a member of My Mind Matters, an organization intended<br />

to promote improved mental health among minority<br />

students at UA and destigmatize proper mental health.<br />

JacQuan Winters is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He<br />

graduated from the University of West Alabama with a<br />

bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and master’s in<br />

Education. He is the director of Kristen Amerson Youth<br />



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Quarantine<br />

Hobbies<br />

The last thing anyone expected in their lifetime was<br />

to be quarantined for six months due to a global<br />

pandemic. The levels of boredom have reached new<br />

heights for most, if not all. Hundreds of thousands<br />

of internships, jobs, summer vacations and graduations<br />

have been canceled across the world. It has been a<br />

tough time for everyone trying to adapt to this new and<br />

uncertain way of life. There are only so many times you<br />

can binge-watch a show on the thousands of streaming<br />

platforms, re-read your favorite book or start a new book<br />

before you are over it.<br />

With all this being said, over the past few months<br />

“quarantine” has been associated with not being able to<br />

go out, not being able to spend time with friends, not<br />

being able to travel and not being able to party. It has<br />

been terrible, annoying and lastly, it has been draining<br />

both mentally and physically.<br />

Oftentimes in life, we forget that we can take whatever is<br />

going on and transform it into something better. The only<br />

way to get through something that is new or challenging<br />

is to go through it with a different perspective. Because of<br />

course, different perspectives lead to different outcomes.<br />

Quarantine should be looked at as a time to grow because<br />

there is so much personal time devoted to you and only<br />

you. It is the time to pick up a new hobby, reflect on<br />

yourself, start the blog or Youtube channel you have been<br />

dreaming about, pick up new hair routines and so much<br />

more.<br />

After interviewing a few students and polling them on<br />

their favorite quarantine hobby, cooking and baking took<br />

a strong lead.<br />

Nia Anderson, a junior at The University of Alabama, said<br />

“I loved cooking over quarantine. I did it almost every day.<br />

It was great because I am now able to cook for myself and<br />

my roommates in our apartment.”<br />

Some simple yet tasty meals to make are chicken parmesan,<br />

rasta pasta, fried rice, a seafood boil or bake, shrimp and<br />

grits, and tacos. You would be surprised what you can whip<br />

up just by googling a few meals you’ve always wanted<br />

to try. While these may seem easy to some, others have<br />

absolutely no basic cooking skills. Even if you are already<br />

a “pro chef” there is always room for improvement.<br />


Learning new cooking techniques allows for more dishes<br />

at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners.<br />

Another fun hobby to take up during quarantine happens<br />

to also be one that is rather important: hair care. For the<br />

newly naturals or long time naturals, moisture training is<br />

a very important skill to hone. Since quarantine is simply<br />

days on end in the house, what better time to moisture<br />

train your hair? It allows for your curls to achieve the<br />

ultimate level of popping. Remember not to look at the<br />

type of hair you have, but the hair porosity.<br />

For some, making a wig has always looked interesting.<br />

Time in quarantine allows for the trial and error of<br />

making your first wig or even just learning how to put<br />

one on. Weave ponytails are a simple and quick hairstyle<br />

to master with some help from a few youtube videos.<br />

Learning how to do cornrows, twists and braid outs are<br />

more trial and error hairstyles - but there is no better<br />

time than now to invest in perfecting your hair.<br />

After scrolling through Tik Tok, DIYs became a fun hobby<br />

almost everyone tried to pick up, while attempting to<br />

become Tik Tok famous.<br />

“I actually learned how to make some candles over<br />

quarantine. It was so easy and pretty fun actually,” said<br />

Mallory Westry, a junior at UA.<br />

Cloud mirrors have also become popular over the past<br />

few months. They can go well with any themed room,<br />

especially light and airy rooms with a few plants here and<br />

there to add a nature vibe. Over the door mirrors from<br />

Walmart or Target are cheap and easy to fool around with<br />

before the final project.<br />

While on the topic of room decor, changing a bedroom<br />

or living room around is good to do every now and then.<br />

Since quarantine and social distance pushes many people<br />

to fall back into their homes, switching things around<br />

allows for better vibes and flows of energy. The feeling<br />

you get from switching a room around is equivalent to<br />

the same feeling you get after a good day of cleaning.<br />

When all is said and done, you can light your DIY candle<br />

and illuminate your reimagined living spaces.<br />

There are several other activities to do during times<br />

of quarantine and social distancing. Getting dressed<br />

up and hanging out with friends is still possible. Once<br />

everyone is feeling good and looking good, meet up at<br />

a park, rooftop, parking lot or even create space in your<br />

home and have a mini photoshoot. Officially ripping off<br />

the band-aid and starting that YouTube channel or blog<br />

is a great investment of your time. Similarly, journaling<br />

and gratitude books open the mind and soul and are also<br />

great to reflect on how far you have come or where you<br />

want to go.<br />

Being in quarantine can be no fun. The constant<br />

anticipation and anxiety over when will life return to<br />

normal can be overwhelming. Looking for those hidden<br />

gems and hobbies can not only go a long way to pass<br />

the time, but it can also improve the quality of your life.<br />

Remember, life is full of the unexpected: it is what you<br />

take from those moments that allow for you to be the best<br />

you that you can be.<br />

“Oftentimes in life, we<br />

forget that we can take<br />

whatever is going on<br />

and transform it into<br />

something better.<br />







Grown-ish is a spinoff of the show Black-ish<br />

with stars Yara Shahidi, Diggy Simmons, Chloe<br />

and Halle, and Trevor Jackson. The show follows<br />

Shahidi’s character, Zoey, as she goes through her<br />

college career and learns that the college life is<br />

way more than she expected.<br />

Places to Watch: Hulu, FreeForm, and ABC<br />


Created by a Black female director, Issa Rae,<br />

Insecure follows a middle-aged Black woman and<br />

her friend as they try to figure out adult life in Los<br />

Angeles. While trying to tackle their professional<br />

appearances they also deal with mental health,<br />

finances, and relationships.<br />

Places to Watch: HBO Max<br />


The show Atlanta follows Donald Glover (also<br />

known as Childish Gambino) as he tries to<br />

reclaim himself in the eyes of his family and exgirlfriend.<br />

The show also follows “Paper Boi”, an<br />

underground rapper.<br />

Places to Watch: FX on Hulu<br />


Starring Logan Browning, Dear White People<br />

follows multiple Black Ivy League students as<br />

they tackle racial and political issues.<br />

Places to Watch: Netflix<br />



Played by twins Tia and Tamera Mowry, Sister,<br />

Sister is about two identical twins that were<br />

separated at birth that accidentally found each<br />

other at a mall and reunited 14 years later. Tamera’s<br />

adoptive dad allows Tia and her mother to move<br />

in with them so that the girls would not remain<br />

separated.<br />

Places to Watch: Netflix<br />


Michael Kyle, played by Damon Wayans, wants<br />

nothing short of a normal, traditional life for<br />

his family but as days go by it seems like a nearly<br />

impossible task. Kyle owns a trucking company and<br />

does everything to properly support his family,<br />

even when things get weird.<br />

Places to Watch: Amazon Prime Video<br />


This show follows Kenan and Kel, who are high<br />

school students that go through a lot of crazy<br />

situations and encounters at the hands of Kenan<br />

who does any and everything to avoid any trouble<br />

with his parents, teachers, and boss.<br />

Places to Watch: Amazon Prime Video<br />


This show focuses on Nikki Parker and her<br />

daughter, Kim, as they attend college together.<br />

Since Nikki had to drop out due to having Kim she<br />

waited until Kim was older to return. The motherdaughter<br />

duo goes through the show overcoming<br />

obstacles within a college student’s life.<br />

Places To Watch: Netflix, Sling TV<br />


THE OG’S<br />


This show follows Will Smith, originally from<br />

Philadelphia, going to live with his rich uncle<br />

and aunt in Bel-Air. In the show, Smith is a spiffy<br />

teenager who likes to bend the rules and be of<br />

influence to his cousins Hilary, Ashley, and Carlton.<br />

Places to Watch: HBO Max<br />


A Different World was a spinoff from The Bill<br />

Cosby Show that tackled the many issues no one in<br />

television was doing at the time. The show follows<br />

Denise Huxtable, daughter of Cliff Huxtable, who<br />

has a white roommate at a predominantly Black<br />

college, Hillman College. The producers of the<br />

show approached the issues of race and class<br />

relations, equal rights HIV/AIDs all in a college<br />

setting.<br />

Places To Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video<br />



House Party stars popular Hip-Hop duo Kid n Play<br />

who has plans to throw the biggest party of the<br />

school year at Play’s house because his parents<br />

are out of town. Although Kid’s dad forbids<br />

him from going to the party he still manages to<br />

unsuccessfully sneak out of the house and cause a<br />

whole lot of trouble. The House Party series has a<br />

total of four movies.<br />

Places to Watch: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video<br />


Starring Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya,<br />

Queen and Slim is about a Black couple that<br />

goes on the run after killing a police officer at a<br />

traffic stop. The movie is based on current police<br />

brutality headlines.<br />

Places to Watch: HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime<br />

Video<br />


Brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans live in Harlem,<br />

New York, and work at a newsstand that Shawn<br />

owns. Throughout the show, the brothers go<br />

through many misfortunes but always find their<br />

way from them. The show includes the deceased,<br />

John Witherspoon, who plays the brothers’ dad.<br />

Places to Watch: Amazon Prime Video<br />


In Living Color was a sketch comedy show created<br />

by the Wayans Family that included short skits,<br />

music, and dancing. The show aired between 1990<br />

- 2006.<br />

Places to Watch: Rent DVD through Netflix<br />


Starring Janet Jackson and Tupac Shakur, Poetic<br />

Justice is introduced by a mutual couple of friends,<br />

Chicago and Iesha, who then take a trip. On the<br />

journey the four individuals take Jackson and<br />

Shakur to learn more about themselves.<br />

Places to Watch: Hulu, Amazon Prime<br />

US<br />

Directed by Jordan Peele, Us tells the story of a<br />

girl who had a supernatural encounter while on<br />

vacation with her parents in 1986. In present-day,<br />

the girl who is now a woman goes on a vacation<br />

with her husband and two children and her<br />

encounter comes back to haunt her...literally.<br />

Places to Watch: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu,<br />

Netflix<br />



James Hood<br />

He was one of the first African Americans<br />

to integrate the University of Alabama.<br />


BrIdGeS To A<br />

BuIlDiNg<br />

R A C H E L P A R K E R<br />

LaStInG LeGaCy<br />

The University of Alabama has always been embroiled<br />

in controversy. Campus buildings were reconstructed<br />

after being burned by Union troops in 1865, and in<br />

1893, the first female students were enrolled into<br />

the university thanks to lobbying from Julia S. Tutwiler.<br />

Just as these events showed the indomitable spirit of the<br />

institution, there were also moments that showcased its<br />

ugly side. The most famous of these is the “Stand in the<br />

Schoolhouse Door”, when Gov. George Wallace tried to<br />

physically block the entrance to Foster Auditorium to<br />

prevent African American students Vivian Malone and<br />

James Hood from enrolling at the University.<br />

Even before this moment, the enrollment of Autherine<br />

Lucy Foster as the first African American student at the<br />

University of Alabama in 1956 ended after a mere three<br />

days due to racist mobs threatening her safety. Although<br />

Autherine Lucy Foster could not complete her time at the<br />

University then, she returned to pursue a master’s degree<br />

and graduated in 1992 with a master’s in education at the<br />

same time her daughter, Grazia Foster, graduated with<br />

her bachelor’s in corporate finance. Furthermore, the<br />

university awarded Foster with an honorary doctorate<br />

degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.<br />

Stories such as these have become enshrined as a part<br />

of UA history, especially the story of Dr. Autherine Lucy<br />

Foster. From the campus marker in front of Graves Hall<br />

to the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower, Foster’s legacy is<br />

present throughout campus and remains even more<br />

impactful for young women. Her influence is seen in the<br />

program Lucy’s Legacy. Lucy’s Legacy is a living-learning<br />

community for first-year female students, named in honor<br />

of Dr. Autherine Lucy Foster and housed in John England<br />

Jr. Hall. The program, highlighting the experiences and<br />

history of women of color on the UA campus, is open to all<br />

first-year women and functions as a way for freshmen to<br />

transition to college life academically and socially.<br />

Lucy’s Legacy first began in the Fall of 2019 and is the<br />

brainchild of Kiara Summerville, Assistant Director of<br />

First Year Experience. Summerville says, “The creation<br />

of this community was a way to continue the legacy of<br />

Autherine Lucy’s pathways that she created for women,<br />

particularly women of color to attend the university.”<br />

Continuing this pathway, the women are required to take a<br />

Women’s Studies 200 course to highlight the intersections<br />

of being both Black and a woman, and they navigate<br />

campus life alongside their living-learning community.<br />

Composed of current Lucy’s Legacy members and their<br />



mentors, the program includes women from both in and<br />

out of state serving as a connection on campus.<br />

These sentiments are echoed by Lucy’s Legacy alumna<br />

and mentor, Arianna Morse, “You really build community<br />

and connection and family, sisterhood,” she said. Morse,<br />

a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education English,<br />

is from Auburn, GA and was initially interested in<br />

the program because coming from out-of-state to a<br />

predominantly white institution complicated the normal<br />

difficulties of making friends and adjusting to<br />

campus life. Being a part of the first class of<br />

Lucy’s Legacy helped to solidify relationships<br />

with fellow community members beyond the<br />

program that are replicated through the current<br />

freshman class and their own connections.<br />

Just as Morse questioned the idea of community<br />

and how that would look for her, another out of<br />

state student and current Lucy’s Legacy member,<br />

Jazzmine Burge, had similar questions. “Some<br />

students before they hit their first year at UA,<br />

they hear like, you know, maybe rumors or myths<br />

or horror stories about, the state of Alabama and<br />

being an African American woman or male,” she<br />

said. Rumors and stories aside, Lucy’s Legacy<br />

placed the UA campus in a different light for<br />

Burge with the living-learning community<br />

playing a large role in that perception. “I was<br />

actually going to be able to be around people of<br />

my color or people that have the same mindset<br />

of me,” Burge said.<br />

Similarities have formed the foundation for<br />

connection among Lucy’s Legacy members.<br />

Just as this organization speaks to the care<br />

and development of young Black women and<br />

women of color, there is also an organization<br />

that speaks to young Black men and men of<br />

color known as BRIDGE. BRIDGE also began<br />

in the Fall of 2019 with goals of creating a<br />

legacy at the University by supporting men<br />

of color through creating a vision plan,<br />

forming a community and learning about<br />

being a UA student. The involvement of<br />

Asst. Director Kiara Summerville along with UA faculty<br />

and staff formed the BRIDGE committee that worked<br />

together to enhance the young mens time at UA as both<br />

productive and enjoyable.<br />

Both of these programs hold a special place for<br />

Summerville, as she said, “I always tell people, BRIDGE<br />

and Lucy’s Legacy for me is a way of reaching back into my<br />

own undergraduate experience. So, I was very involved as<br />

a student leader, but I can’t say that I had access to a large<br />

number of, Black faculty or staff, to support me. I had<br />

faculty and staff support, but they were not necessarily,<br />

people of color, some of them were, but not all the time.”<br />

Support from like-minded individuals is shown through<br />

BRIDGE members’ participation in the program, as<br />

demonstrated by current member, freshman Thomas<br />

Rodgers. Following advice from his sister, a current<br />

Lucy’s Legacy mentor, and his friends led to his interest<br />

in BRIDGE. “It was an amazing way for us to learn that we<br />

are not alone here on this campus and for us to like, just<br />

remember that, we’re here for us basically, and this is the<br />

place where we can keep our paths going,” Rodgers said.<br />

Being a support system for one another is a prominent<br />

part of BRIDGE and applies to both BRIDGE members<br />

and mentors, known as BRIDGE Builders. As a BRIDGE<br />

Builder, this relationship is discussed through terms of<br />

accountability by current mentor, Brekeese Pierce. “Being<br />

able to hold me accountable, having that representation,<br />

seeing other men of color, who are driven just as much<br />

as you are, who are doing big things in the community<br />

and have a clear purpose and vision. I think that’s very<br />

imperative,” he said. Pierce, a junior from Huntsville,<br />

AL, elaborates on this through comments about the<br />

importance of seeing fellow Black men as confident and<br />

as an uplifting image against negative stereotypes.<br />

Programs such as Lucy’s Legacy and BRIDGE are<br />

communities of connection through friendship and<br />

support that extend beyond campus grounds. Despite<br />

being young organizations, their work will leave a lasting<br />

impact for generations to come and allow students of<br />

color to form their own stories in bridging historical<br />

divides.<br />



Wendell Hudson<br />

He was the first African American<br />

athlete to receive a scholarship to<br />

the University of Alabama.<br />






T<br />

he University of Alabama is home to over 600 clubs<br />

and organizations meant to enhance every student’s<br />

college experience. Because of the substantial<br />

number of programs on campus, there is a diverse<br />

amount of options for students to choose from.<br />

The University also strives to incorporate many inclusive<br />

and safe spaces for African American and other minority<br />

students.<br />

Alabama’s Black Student Union is an organization that<br />

focuses on being the voice for minority students in the<br />

effort to make the campus a welcoming place. According<br />

to the university’s student organization catalogue<br />

on My Source, ​the Black Student Union strives to be<br />

a comfortable environment for Black students: ​“We<br />

serve our members by providing community service<br />

opportunities, mentoring relationships within BSU,<br />

and providing outlets for expression and discussion. We<br />

strive to address the issues that affect our community on<br />

campus, locally, and internationally.”<br />

Farrah Sanders, a senior at the University, is a member<br />

of the BSU. “I occupied two separate roles on the<br />

organization’s E-board. To me titles never mattered<br />

because I wanted to advocate for minority students on<br />

campus. What I enjoyed was talking with students and<br />

really creating an environment where they know that<br />

they’re heard by someone,” she said.<br />

She goes on to explain that she obtained great leadership<br />

skills working with the organization and opportunities to<br />

interact with administrative faculty within the University.<br />

“It was one of the first leadership positions that I occupied<br />

and I got to branch out and grow in leadership to where<br />

I am now. Less of a public role but still advocating in<br />

meetings and within the UA system.”<br />

Ashlee Woods, a junior attending Alabama, is also a<br />

member of the Black Student Union, as well as Bama<br />

Tutors for Service, the Pre-law Student Association, and<br />

The Crimson White. “I came from a majority white high<br />

school and we didn’t get a BSU until my senior year of<br />

high school. Being able to have a group of Black students<br />

to lean on for support and advice was crucial to my<br />

transition,” Woods says about her experience within the<br />

organization.<br />

She also speaks on her time in Bama Tutors for service: “I<br />

love working with kids and I’m passionate about education<br />

reform so being able to help kids get the help they need<br />

is really fun.” Woods says that her time working with<br />

The Crimson White has helped her lend a voice to the<br />

voiceless and improve her skills as a writer: “The Crimson<br />

White has helped me learn how to use my writing as a<br />

voice to others. I believe I’m one of two Black females on<br />

the desk so being able to represent us in a field like sports<br />

reporting has been a pleasure.”<br />

There are a multitude of opportunities for students to get<br />

involved and let their voices be heard on campus. These<br />

organizations can accelerate their growth as a person,<br />

while also building a comfortable community around one<br />

another to propel them forward in life.<br />

Additional Black Student Organizations:<br />

Black Faculty and Staff Association Ambassadors<br />

Future Black Law Student Association<br />

National Society of Black Engineers<br />

Black Business Student Association<br />

National Council of Negro Women<br />

Black Law Students Organization<br />

My Mind Matters<br />




To feel like an outcast in a world not so kind.<br />

To work twice as hard yet still feel far behind.<br />

After the year 1956 we thought it would guarantee,<br />

That Black people earned the right to more than a degree.<br />

The problem transcends Tuscaloosa, it is worldwide.<br />

How are we expected to not run and hide?<br />

We follow the laws and are told to be submissive.<br />

Yet when we talk of poverty and pain, they appear dismissive.<br />

They claim we are insane, changers of historic values.<br />

But they would never walk a day in our busted shoes.<br />

A lot of can'ts and disapprovals.<br />

A subjective justice system in place to handle our removal.<br />

We are Black and we don’t need your validation.<br />

We just want a better nation.<br />



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