The Crimson White / Nineteen Fifty-Six Magazine: The Unseen Edition, Oct. 2022

The Crimson White and Nineteen Fifty-Six Magazine have come together for the third year in a row to release our annual collaborative edition. This year, the Unseen edition focuses on sharing the unseen side of the Black student experience at The University of Alabama.

The Crimson White and Nineteen Fifty-Six Magazine have come together for the third year in a row to release our annual collaborative edition. This year, the Unseen edition focuses on sharing the unseen side of the Black student experience at The University of Alabama.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, <strong>2022</strong><br />


1956 / Ashton Jah<br />

Lucy’s Legacy helps freshmen female students of color<br />



Since the fall of 2019, one floor of<br />

John England Jr. Hall has been a<br />

space where a small group of freshmen<br />

women of color have been able to forge<br />

a home away from home through Lucy’s<br />

Legacy, an academic living-learning<br />

community for women of color. Lucy’s<br />

Legacy is one of the 16 academic<br />

and shared interest living-learning<br />

communities the University offers.<br />

Named in honor of Autherine Lucy<br />

Foster, the first Black student to attend<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama, Lucy’s<br />

Legacy supports and enriches the firstyear<br />

experience of freshmen women of<br />

color through a peer group, a specialized<br />

Introduction to Women Studies course,<br />

mentoring and other resources.<br />

In the fall of 2018, Kiara Summerville,<br />

the Capstone Center for Student Success<br />

director of student academic engagement<br />

and advocacy and Lucy’s Legacy program<br />

director, did a pilot study for a doctoral<br />

course at the University on eight firstyear<br />

Black women’s experiences living in<br />

residential halls.<br />

“I did not know that when I did it,<br />

Lucy’s Legacy would come from it. I was<br />

truly doing it for a class project to finish<br />

my doctoral credit hours,” Summerville<br />

said. “I think it’s a great [example] for<br />

undergraduate students and graduate<br />

students that these class projects you do<br />

can be used in a productive way.”<br />

She said she learned a lot from the<br />

study, which was overall very positive,<br />

but there were some areas of concern<br />

for the women, specifically finding<br />

community in their residence halls and<br />

feeling a sense of home.<br />

Around the same time, teams of UA<br />

staff members were working together<br />

with the common goal of bettering the<br />

campus community, which resulted in<br />

one team doing a study and putting out<br />

a call to create an initiative to serve men<br />

of color. From that call, Summerville<br />

was tasked with creating the BRIDGE<br />

program. Simultaneously, Summerville<br />

said she wanted to create something for<br />

women of color as well.<br />

She said she spoke to her former<br />

supervisor in First Year Experience<br />

Retention and Initiatives about it, and<br />

they were supportive as Summerville<br />

established the Living Learning<br />

Community. Lucy’s Legacy and BRIDGE<br />

are no longer a part of First Year<br />

Experience; they have moved to student<br />

academic engagement and advocacy.<br />

Summerville implemented a great<br />

deal of what she learned from the study<br />

into Lucy’s Legacy, including the need to<br />

focus on community.<br />

She said many of the women found<br />

friendships in places outside of their<br />

residence halls but desired to feel “at<br />

home” in their dorms and create bonds<br />

that mirrored their friendships and<br />

familial bonds back home.<br />

She recalled one student from the<br />

fall 2019 cohort of Lucy’s Legacy who<br />

one day came into her office and said,<br />

“You know, this may seem silly, but the<br />

fact that I can walk around with my<br />

hair wrapped and not have to explain to<br />

somebody why my hair is wrapped, that<br />

is really meaningful for me as a Lucy’s<br />

Legacy student.”<br />

“I was like, ‘Well, that’s what it’s about.’<br />

You’re supposed to feel comfortable.<br />

You’re supposed to feel you’re at home<br />

and kind of affirmed. And understanding<br />

that there are other women on campus<br />

who have these ... similar experiences to<br />

you,” Summerville said.<br />

Samantha <strong>White</strong>, a freshman<br />

majoring in news media and a current<br />

Lucy’s Legacy student, said that as a<br />

freshman, there are so many things she<br />

hasn’t experienced yet, but Lucy’s Legacy<br />

has made it easier for her.<br />

“It made it so much easier for me like<br />

coming here and meeting people; it was<br />

like off the bat like everyone was so sweet,<br />

and [I’m] thankful for that because I’ve<br />

met so many different people that are<br />

apart of Lucy’s,” <strong>White</strong> said.<br />

She said it’s also an added benefit that<br />

they all live together.<br />

“A lot of times, we’ll just do stuff out<br />

of nowhere, just as a group, and it’s so<br />

easy to do that,” <strong>White</strong> said. “Like you<br />

don’t even have to think about spending<br />

time with people; stuff just happens. So<br />

that makes it fun.”<br />

This sentiment was true from the<br />

beginning of Lucy’s Legacy, even during<br />

the pandemic.<br />

Asia Hall, a junior majoring in<br />

kinesiology and Legacy leader, said<br />

coming into the University at the<br />

height of the pandemic and having the<br />

community of Lucy’s Legacy helped her<br />

get through it. She said there was always<br />

someone to talk to even if they couldn’t<br />

go places; she didn't feel alone.<br />

Lucy’s Legacy goes beyond just<br />

creating community. It also advocates<br />

for the students’ academic experiences.<br />

During the program’s inception,<br />

Summerville worked with the<br />

Department of Gender and Race<br />

Studies and Utz McKnight, the chair<br />

of the department, to create the Intro<br />

to Women Studies course. Along with<br />

the course, Lucy’s Legacy also has<br />

a peer mentorship component that<br />

allows students to examine the different<br />

possibilities for on-campus engagement.<br />

“I could advocate for them all day,<br />

every day and still do that, but they<br />

needed to see someone who’s doing the<br />

things on campus that they wanted to<br />

do. Who were on the e-board for their<br />

organizations, who were sorority women<br />

and who were Capstone women,”<br />

Summerville said.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>y say the third time’s the<br />

charm, and that applies to<br />

the third collaboration between <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> and <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<br />

<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> mission of the <strong>Unseen</strong><br />

<strong>Edition</strong> is simple: to showcase the<br />

unseen side of the Black student<br />

experience at <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama. As a student newspaper,<br />

we strive to seek out stories from<br />

all corners of campus and reflect<br />

the diversity of our university in<br />

our coverage year-round, and this<br />

edition is the product of years of<br />

commitment to that mission.<br />

In June 2020, <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong><br />

<strong>White</strong> committed to change from<br />

within in the wake of the Black<br />

Lives Matter protests sweeping<br />

the country. Since then, and since<br />

the establishment of <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> that same year,<br />

the collaboration between our<br />

publications has served as a crucial<br />

opportunity for <strong>The</strong> CW to live up<br />

to that commitment.<br />

Every year, I enjoy reading the<br />

stories our two teams create when<br />

we put our heads together. Every<br />



A standing commitment<br />

year, I take pride in seeing the<br />

stories we’ve created shared online<br />

and in print. Every year, I remind<br />

myself that these stories are not to<br />

be limited to one special edition,<br />

but that they need to be sought out<br />

year round.<br />

It’s easy to recall the highly<br />

visible stories. <strong>The</strong> names of racists<br />

on our campus buildings were<br />

swapped out in 2020 for generic<br />

placeholders that are still there two<br />

years later. <strong>The</strong> board of trustees<br />

this past spring decided to rename<br />

one of those buildings by putting<br />

Autherine Lucy Foster’s name next<br />

to a Klansman’s and only changed<br />

its mind after the highly predictable<br />

and justified backlash. Foster herself<br />

spoke to a UA audience when the<br />

building was finally, rightfully,<br />

dedicated in her name, and she<br />

passed away not even a week later.<br />

Foster had perhaps the most seen<br />

experience of any Black student at<br />

the University, a legacy that lives<br />

on in the name of <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<br />

<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>. Highlighting her<br />

story is not the challenge anymore.<br />

Now, the task at hand is to highlight<br />


the students who have followed in<br />

her footsteps.<br />

To us, uncovering the unseen<br />

stories on campus means chasing<br />

the stories that don’t necessarily<br />

feel as inspirational as Autherine<br />

Lucy Foster right now. <strong>The</strong> fact that<br />

inequality still exists on campus<br />

is not an easy one to accept, but<br />

ignoring it will not bring bless.<br />

Sharing unseen stories means<br />

asking hard questions, having tough<br />

conversations, and yes, occasionally<br />

making people uncomfortable<br />

to shed light on the truth. <strong>The</strong><br />

University has come a long way<br />

since 1956, but it is not perfect, and<br />

neither are we.<br />

In our pursuit of truth, <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> is fortunate to<br />

have a sister publication like<br />

<strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, and<br />

an audience of readers who holds<br />

us accountable. Each year, the team<br />

behind the paper shifts, and a new<br />

leader speaks for the paper. So while<br />

I have this platform, I can safely say:<br />

we still have work to do, but the<br />

commitment we made stands.<br />

Highlighting everyone’s stories<br />

On a campus as big as <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama’s, it’s a<br />

guarantee that there will be a story<br />

around every corner. <strong>The</strong>se stories<br />

and experiences create the backdrop<br />

that is <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama.<br />

But far too often, these stories<br />

go untold<br />

Not every story that is told on<br />

this campus has a beginning and<br />

end. Rather, those stories evolve<br />

to new heights or even new lows.<br />

Every walking path, every lecture<br />

hall and every building holds the<br />

many memories of UA students past<br />

and present.<br />

However, not every story gets<br />

told. Not every story gets put in a<br />

recruiting video, a campus tour or<br />

an advertisement. Countless stories<br />

that describe what life is really like<br />

at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama are<br />

often silenced, never heard or even<br />

known about.<br />

As a student journalist, I take<br />

responsibility in finding those untold<br />

stories. It’s important to uncover<br />

those unseen experiences. Students,<br />

parents and staff must know the<br />

University’s past to understand what<br />

the future holds for Alabama.<br />

As a Black woman, it’s especially<br />

important for me to share these<br />

stories. <strong>The</strong> stories about life at<br />

the University that are told to each<br />

generation of students include<br />

people that look like me. As this<br />

campus pushes to create a more<br />

inclusive environment, that push<br />

must include sharing stories that<br />

wouldn’t otherwise be heard.<br />

Preserving these experiences is<br />

important. Not everyone has the<br />

same four-year experience here at<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama. Some<br />

come and go before returning back<br />

to the Capstone. Others are here for<br />

a brief moment while their impact is<br />

felt for years after they leave. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

stories and experiences can inspire<br />

more students to make their way<br />

to Tuscaloosa.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> and <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> have taken steps<br />

to highlight all kinds of student<br />

experiences. Diversity is not going<br />

away, so it’s up to us to embrace it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> stories we decide to publish<br />

also influence how the University<br />

is viewed, which is why the<br />

collaboration edition was created.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Unseen</strong> edition is dedicated<br />

to uncovering the stories and<br />

experiences that never get told.<br />

Students from all walks of life share<br />

the highs and lows of attending <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama. Every story<br />

deserves to be told and the staffs at<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> and <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> are here to<br />

share them.<br />

CW File<br />

3A<br />


“<strong>The</strong>y needed to see and learn<br />

from women who were in that<br />

experience that they wanted<br />

to be.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> website of Lucy’s Legacy<br />

showcases the way the Legacy<br />

leaders, sophomore through<br />

senior women who are peer<br />

mentors, help advocate for<br />

those connections through their<br />

involvement in various Greek<br />

organizations, Army ROTC,<br />

Capstone Men and Women, Als<br />

Pals, and more.<br />

Summerville said when she<br />

initially started Lucy’s Legacy, she<br />

thought about how the program<br />

would follow the lineage of<br />

women of color at the University,<br />

which began with Autherine Lucy<br />

Foster. However, she said over<br />

the past four years, it has become<br />

a gateway to campus for women<br />

of color to experience the full<br />

range of benefits that Lucy herself<br />

couldn’t experience.<br />

“That means being a part<br />

of organizations that were not<br />

historically conditioned for Black<br />

students on campus. That means<br />

being able to express their race<br />

and gender identities in ways that<br />

they feel supported and celebrated<br />

and affirmed and valued on<br />

campus by nature of being a part<br />

of this community,” Summerville<br />

said. “I hope that we can continue<br />

to understand ... how Dr. Foster’s<br />

legacy is being shaped through<br />

this community, and I’m hoping<br />

that this community will be a<br />

catalyst for other opportunities<br />

on campus and other places and<br />

spaces on campus for students of<br />

color and all students actually to<br />

thrive at UA.”<br />

<strong>White</strong> said she enjoys her<br />

experience within Lucy’s Legacy,<br />

especially the Intro to Women’s<br />

Studies course the students must<br />

take as part of the program. <strong>The</strong><br />

course, taught by Summerville,<br />

covers a variety of topics that<br />

relate to issues Black women may<br />

be facing or current events.<br />

Lucy’s Legacy fall 2019 cohort in front of Autherine Lucy Foster’s<br />

historical landmark. Courtesy of Kiara Summerville<br />

For <strong>White</strong>, being able to have<br />

conversations that garner a tightknit<br />

community among women of<br />

color at the University and being<br />

able to help create relationships<br />

with the students of BRIDGE<br />

allows students to build an even<br />

greater bond with the Black<br />

community at the University.<br />

Learning is an important<br />

part of being in Lucy’s Legacy;<br />

<strong>White</strong> and Hall agreed that they<br />

have learned a great deal from<br />

the program.<br />

<strong>White</strong> said she realized that she<br />

wasn’t as different as she thought.<br />

She learned from conversations<br />

with the women in Lucy’s Legacy<br />

that they had common ground<br />

and common experiences within<br />

the spaces they inhabited at<br />

the University.<br />

“It’s so hard to find Black<br />

people at a [predominantly white<br />

institution] if you don’t look and<br />

to know like there’s a group of<br />

them somewhere. And once you<br />

find that group, it branches out<br />

to so many more people … it<br />

just makes it seem like, it’s a big<br />

school, but it makes our area a<br />

little bit easier to cooperate with<br />

because we know that there’s<br />

people out there,” Hall said.<br />

<strong>White</strong> and Hall said that it also<br />

helped to know Summerville is<br />

always there to help them.<br />

Hall said it doesn’t matter<br />

the issue, whether it’s academic<br />

or personal, Summerville is<br />

someone you can always go to.<br />

“Dr. Summerville is someone<br />

who is there to help us with<br />

anything we’re going through.<br />

She’s always the person that I feel<br />

like I can go to about anything<br />

and even being able to work for<br />

her is so nice for me, she’s just<br />

always there, and she makes that<br />

known to us. Like we’re her girls,<br />

and she’s got us, like a second<br />

mom,” <strong>White</strong> said.<br />

I was like, ‘Well, that’s what<br />

it’s about.’ You’re supposed<br />

to feel comfortable. You’re<br />

supposed to feel you’re at<br />

home and kind of affirmed.<br />

And understanding that<br />

there are other women on<br />

campus who have these ...<br />

similar experiences to you.<br />

KIARA<br />


Summerville said being a Black<br />

woman who also attended <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama helped her<br />

connect to and understand the<br />

students’ experiences on campus.<br />

She said her approach to Lucy’s<br />

Legacy was not only from the<br />

“lens of a Black woman but also a<br />

researcher and practitioner” who<br />

wanted to “improve the lives of<br />

college students at the University<br />

of Alabama.” It strengthened<br />

her practice and increased her<br />

ability to properly navigate these<br />

experiences alongside the women<br />

of Lucy’s Legacy.<br />

Female students of color<br />

who aren’t freshmen or aren’t<br />

in the program can still make<br />

relationships with Summerville<br />

and members of Lucy’s Legacy.<br />

Summerville said she doesn’t<br />

want any students to fall through<br />

the cracks or feel like they don’t<br />

have anyone to support them<br />

on campus. Even though they<br />

weren’t in Lucy’s Legacy during<br />

their freshman year, they can<br />

still apply to be a mentor the<br />

following academic year or<br />

develop a working relationship<br />

so she can help.<br />

And for those who are unsure<br />

about being a part of Lucy’s<br />

Legacy in any capacity, <strong>White</strong><br />

and Hall said they should just try<br />

it despite their worries.<br />

“I want them to know coming<br />

in that; you have a place here at<br />

UA. UA is this big name. When<br />

you think of UA, you think of<br />

just big stuff, big football team,<br />

big campus, big SEC school, but<br />

there’s smaller things that will<br />

make you feel like you are big in<br />

the school,” Hall said.<br />

Applications for Lucy’s<br />

Legacy’s fall 2023-24 cohort<br />

open in February 2023. For more<br />

information, students can reach<br />

out to saeaoffice@ua.edu.

4A<br />

‘A Players Worth’:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Exploitation of Athletes and the Rise of NIL<br />



Many colleges have a long<br />

history of exploiting Black<br />

athletes for their talent, even going<br />

as far back as 1906 when the NCAA<br />

was established.<br />

Many of these athletes come from<br />

a less fortunate background — 86%<br />

coming from below the poverty line<br />

— and schools use that knowledge<br />

to promise money, notoriety and a<br />

better future. Schools are then able<br />

to make a large profit off of their<br />

likeness through merchandise,<br />

while much is not seen by the player.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NCAA placed many<br />

restrictions on player deals to<br />

keep a tight grip on players and<br />

their potential revenue. To many<br />

young Black men, college appears<br />

to be impossible because of a lack<br />

of grade credentials or monetary<br />

wealth, thus scholarships provided<br />

by the school seem to be the only<br />

option for long-term benefits.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NCAA couches<br />

its arguments for not<br />

paying student athletes in<br />

innocuous labels. But the<br />

labels cannot disguise the<br />

reality: <strong>The</strong> NCAA’s business<br />

model would be flatly illegal<br />

in almost any other industry<br />

in America.<br />

BRETT<br />


One such circumstance was<br />

with former University of Central<br />

Florida kicker Donald De La Haye,<br />

or “Deestroying” as he’s known<br />

on YouTube. In 2017, De La Haye<br />

became a prominent figure on<br />

the video sharing app. <strong>The</strong> NCAA<br />

caught wind of it and told him that<br />

in order to keep playing football,<br />

he would have to shut down his<br />

account and stop posting videos.<br />

De La Haye chose YouTube, and<br />

it ended up being a good decision.<br />

He now has 4.8 million subscribers<br />

and makes millions of dollars from<br />

posting his content.<br />

If he had faced this dilemma just<br />

five years later, he wouldn’t have<br />

had to choose, because of name,<br />

image and likeness rights.<br />

As of June 2021, the NCAA<br />

set up various rules for collegiate<br />

athletes to profit off their name,<br />

image and likeness. <strong>The</strong>se NIL<br />

deals gave many players much<br />

needed recognition and money and<br />

loosened the grasp that the schools<br />

held on their image. <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama’s star quarterback,<br />

Bryce Young, is reported to have<br />

the largest amount of NIL profit in<br />

the country — around $3.2 million<br />

worth — partnering with Nissan,<br />

Beats by Dre and Dr. Pepper. Young<br />

continues to generate revenue<br />

through frequent commercials and<br />

social media posts.<br />

In 2021, in the NCAA v. Alston<br />

court case, the Supreme Court<br />

decided unanimously in favor of<br />

student-athletes and NIL.<br />

“Traditions alone cannot justify<br />

the NCAA’s decision to build a<br />

massive money-raising enterprise<br />

on the backs of student athletes<br />

who are not fairly compensated,”<br />

Supreme Court Associate Justice<br />

Neil Gorsuch said in the concurring<br />

opinion. “Nowhere else in America<br />

can businesses get away with<br />

agreeing not to pay their workers<br />

a fair market rate on the theory<br />

that their product is defined by<br />

not paying their workers a fair<br />

market rate.”<br />

His counterpart, Associate<br />

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, also<br />

voiced his support for studentathletes<br />

to make money off<br />

their talents.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> NCAA is not above the<br />

law,” Kavanaugh wrote. “<strong>The</strong><br />

NCAA couches its arguments<br />

for not paying student athletes in<br />

innocuous labels. But the labels<br />

cannot disguise the reality: <strong>The</strong><br />

NCAA’s business model would be<br />

flatly illegal in almost any other<br />

industry in America.”<br />

Standout players from various<br />

schools are signing deals outside of<br />

their school, some even before they<br />

step foot on a college campus. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

are extremely beneficial as many<br />

athletes are valued at more than $1<br />

million when they often live below<br />

the poverty line.<br />

“For some Black kids, football<br />

and basketball is all they have<br />

for their future, and they don’t<br />

have time to wait until they go to<br />

the league to make money,” said<br />

Gabe Kunce, a senior majoring in<br />

mechanical engineering. “NIL is<br />

important so that players can get<br />

the money they deserve.”<br />

Earning that money early can<br />

support their family immediately<br />

as opposed to waiting for the slim<br />

chance that they go to professional<br />

leagues and generate wealth.<br />

“On one hand, if they do well<br />

enough, they’re bound to get paid<br />

in the NFL anyway,” said Spencer<br />

Lott, a junior majoring in public<br />

relations. “And that may be a huge<br />

influx of cash for an 18 year old, but<br />

not being paid for their hard work<br />

is terrible and needs to happen.<br />

Regulations may be something to<br />

be looked into.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> substantial number of deals<br />

being made has brought open<br />

the discussion of bringing back<br />

NCAA-sponsored video games.<br />

Up until 2013, there were countless<br />

college football, basketball and even<br />

baseball games. Tons of money was<br />

being made, yet none of the athletes<br />

were being paid for appearances in<br />

the games. Why? Because for years,<br />

developers said that they weren’t<br />

technically using the athletes’ name<br />

or image — but they sure were<br />

using their likeness.<br />

We don’t have anybody<br />

that envies what anybody<br />

else gets or wants or has<br />

because they all earned it,<br />

and they created it by [how]<br />

they played. And that’s the<br />

way it should be.<br />

NICK<br />

SABAN<br />

For example, if “NCAA Football<br />

23” was released today, Young would<br />

appear as “QB # 9” on Alabama,<br />

but would have a near-correct skin<br />

tone and hairstyle. Users could add<br />

names and customize equipment,<br />

so after that was done, there was no<br />

more anonymity — or reason for the<br />

individuals to not be compensated.<br />

That’s when the lawsuit<br />

happened. O’Bannon v. NCAA<br />

was an antitrust class action<br />

lawsuit by former University of<br />

California, Los Angeles basketball<br />

player against the NCAA —<br />

stating that the NCAA should<br />

not be permitted to use a studentathlete's<br />

name, image or likeness for<br />

commercial purposes.<br />

Eventually, a $20 million<br />

settlement was reached, and since,<br />

there hasn’t been a single college<br />

sports video game released.<br />

Now that players can be<br />

compensated, the games can return.<br />

Alabama football head coach<br />

Nick Saban has been a figurehead in<br />

promoting NIL. On Sept. 8, Saban<br />

was asked if any of his players are<br />

jealous of each other based off how<br />

much money they are pulling in.<br />

“We have really good team<br />

chemistry,” Saban said. “We don't<br />

have anybody that envies what<br />

anybody else gets or wants or has<br />

because they all earned it, and they<br />

created it by [how] they played. And<br />

that's the way it should be.”<br />

Black players have gone years<br />

without seeing a paycheck while<br />

winning championships and<br />

gaining national attention at their<br />

schools. NIL grants young Black<br />

athletes the opportunity to provide<br />

for their families while taking part<br />

in a sport they love.<br />

Bryce Young reportedly has the most NIL deals, including one with Beats.<br />

CW / David Gray<br />

NPHC Step Show going strong after over 30 years<br />



<strong>Oct</strong>. 21 will showcase the<br />

continuance of a tradition<br />

dating back over 30 years. An<br />

annual evening of entertainment,<br />

the National Pan-Hellenic Council<br />

Step Show is highly anticipated<br />

by the traditionally Black Greek<br />

organizations on campus popularly<br />

known as the Divine Nine, who<br />

will compete in the event at the<br />

Coleman Coliseum.<br />

<strong>The</strong> eight chartered Divine Nine<br />

organizations on the University<br />

of Alabama’s campus — Alpha<br />

Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha<br />

Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa<br />

Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega<br />

Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma<br />

<strong>The</strong>ta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma<br />

Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta<br />

Sorority, Inc., and Sigma Gamma<br />

Rho Sorority, Inc. — will come<br />

together to put on their annual step<br />

show, a highly anticipated event<br />

hosted by the NPHC.<br />

“Stepping is an expressive<br />

performance art that also functions<br />

CW / Jesse Clopton<br />

as a ritual of group identity,” said<br />

Yechiel Peterson, a senior majoring<br />

in African American Studies and<br />

nursing. He’s also the vice president<br />

of the NPHC and member of Alpha<br />

Phi Alpha. “It’s how we represent<br />

ourselves,” he said.<br />

Stepping is a form of percussive<br />

dance that is a well-known facet<br />

of Black Greek culture. Each year,<br />

UA’s NPHC organizations come<br />

together to perform choreography<br />

and compete against one another.<br />

Stepping originated within the<br />

Black community as a means of<br />

expression during slavery around<br />

the 18th century. During the mid-<br />

20th century, historically Black<br />

colleges and universities began to<br />

use stepping to induct members<br />

into the Black Greek organizations.<br />

Around the 1970’s, Greek shows<br />

with step competitions became<br />

popular in NPHC organizations<br />

and led to the step shows<br />

seen today.<br />

To Peterson, stepping is more<br />

than just a type of dance, especially<br />

on Alabama’s campus.<br />

“Coming to the University, I<br />

didn’t know how big of a platform<br />

the University would give diverse<br />

programming,” Peterson said. “And<br />

so, I think that was really my main<br />

concern because there were a lot of<br />

events that the University holds but<br />

as far as representation for myself, I<br />

don’t see very many.”<br />

Peterson said he found a<br />

community within NPHC through<br />

the step show and wants to help<br />

others do the same.<br />

Stepping is an expressive<br />

performance art that also<br />

functions as a ritual of<br />

group identity. It’s how we<br />

represent ourselves.<br />



“If I could actively get hundreds<br />

of people together to enjoy<br />

themselves, watch a performance<br />

and display their Greek unity, what<br />

else could you ask for?” Peterson<br />

said. “That's what I’m here for.<br />

To be that representation at a<br />

predominantly white institution,<br />

it’s hard. I feel like the step show<br />

is that sense of community that<br />

we don’t get often, that’s the piece<br />

that I will fight hard every year to<br />

make it the best it can because it’s<br />

our experience.”<br />

Carrigan Collins, a sophomore<br />

majoring in criminal justice and a<br />

member of Zeta Phi Beta, will be<br />

performing in the step show for the<br />

first time this year, and is excited<br />

for the students to see what she and<br />

her sisters have been working on<br />

for the last month.<br />

“We’ve been practicing<br />

really hard, and I feel like we all<br />

collectively think that we’re going<br />

to put on a great performance,”<br />

she said.<br />

Collins discussed how much<br />

stepping means to her family, many<br />

of whom are members of Greek life<br />

as well.<br />

“I know it means a lot,<br />

particularly to my sister, who’s<br />

also a member of Zeta Phi Beta<br />

Sorority Inc. She’s watching me<br />

do a lot of the things that she did<br />

when she was in her early years of<br />

being Greek. She’s going to cry,”<br />

Collins said.<br />

Cameron Smith, a senior<br />

majoring in public health and<br />

the president of Alpha Kappa<br />

Alpha, said she’s excited to see the<br />

creativity of each organization<br />

expressed in this year’s theme.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> step show is important to<br />

me because it allows all members<br />

of the Divine Nine community to<br />

showcase the culture behind our<br />

organizations. It also allows us to<br />

come together as a community, pay<br />

homage, and celebrate, what makes<br />

us unique,” Smith said.<br />

CJ Byrd, a senior majoring<br />

in creative media, is a member<br />

of Omega Psi Phi and a<br />

first-time performer.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> step show is a way to get<br />

Black students involved in Black<br />

culture. It unites them in a unique<br />

way. For Greek organizations, it<br />

provides us an opportunity to show<br />

them what Black UA is all about,”<br />

Byrd said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> step show is important<br />

to me because it allows all<br />

members of the Divine Nine<br />

community to showcase<br />

the culture behind our<br />

organizations. It also allows<br />

us to come together as a<br />

community, pay homage,<br />

and celebrate, what makes<br />

us unique.<br />


Although he’s excited about<br />

the opportunity, Byrd said he still<br />

finds himself getting nervous about<br />

his performance.<br />

“It’s a little nerve-racking. <strong>The</strong><br />

thought of performing in front<br />

of hundreds of people is very<br />

unnerving. But ultimately in the<br />

end it’s going to be an unforgettable<br />

experience,” he said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organizations will compete<br />

against each other by coming up<br />

with a stepping routine that adheres<br />

to the theme set by the NPHC – this<br />

year’s theme is movies. <strong>The</strong> teams<br />

will go one at a time, and a winner<br />

will be announced at the end —<br />

one sorority and one fraternity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> judges of the event are picked<br />

by each organization for a total of<br />

eight judges.<br />

<strong>The</strong> doors open at 7:30 p.m.<br />

CJ Byrd is the assistant<br />

photography editor for <strong>Nineteen</strong><br />

<strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong> magazine.



5A<br />

‘Hallowed Grounds’ tour highlights UA history of slavery<br />

Among buildings named after<br />

Ku Klux Klan members<br />

and sorority racism scandals, <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama is often under<br />

a microscope when it comes to racial<br />

issues. That does not account for the<br />

intense and storied history of slavery<br />

and racism that helped shape the<br />

campus into what it is today.<br />

“It's a great school with a lot of<br />

opportunity for people, we obviously<br />

have an amazing football team; all<br />

those things are great, but I think it's<br />

also important to know the history<br />

of the campus, because if we forget<br />

history we're bound to repeat,” said<br />

Dequiala Kelly, a graduate candidate<br />

studying health education and<br />

president of the Black Faculty and<br />

Staff Association Ambassadors.<br />

To help tell that history, the<br />

Hallowed Grounds project was started<br />

by Hilary Green, a history professor in<br />

the Department of Gender and Race<br />

Studies, in 2016.<br />

Erin Stoneking, an assistant<br />

professor of gender and race studies<br />

at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama,<br />

said Green realized that tours<br />

on campus left out much of the<br />

University’s history.<br />

Featuring approximately 20<br />

different locations around campus,<br />

the Hallowed Grounds tour aims to<br />

“shed light onto the lives, experiences,<br />

and legacy of the many unsung<br />

men, women, and children who<br />

lived, worked, and even died at the<br />

University of Alabama,” according<br />

to the interactive browser version of<br />

the tour.<br />

“I think it's important because<br />

these were real people, and they were<br />

enslaved, and their labor really made<br />

the University run early in its history,”<br />

Stoneking said.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tour is relevant to student life<br />

on campus. For example, the Tapping<br />

On <strong>The</strong> Mound, a tradition for honors<br />

societies at the University, was built on<br />

a former dormitory.<br />

“That mound is built on a stoop<br />

of a former student dormitory. And<br />

on that stoop, enslaved people slept<br />

because they weren't allowed to sleep<br />

inside. So even that space is sort of<br />

marked with the afterlife of slavery,”<br />

Stoneking said.<br />

Without tours like Hallowed<br />

Grounds, the campus’ complex<br />

history and stories can fall by<br />

the wayside.<br />

“I think we're very fast paced,<br />

especially on campus. We come, we<br />

learn what we need to learn, we leave<br />

and we don't realize what any of the<br />

stuff means until we’re gone,” said<br />

Andrea Early, a staff therapist at the<br />

Women and Gender Resource Center<br />

and secretary for the BFSA.<br />

Kelly said she believes the tour<br />

provides an important glimpse into<br />

campus history that exists right under<br />

students’ noses.<br />

“What I want people to understand<br />

is the history of the University and<br />

how African Americans played a role<br />

in the building of UA, just by where<br />

everything came from and that there<br />

is still history here on campus that not<br />

a lot of people know about,” Kelly said.<br />

Jada Burroughs, a sophomore<br />

majoring in finance and BFSA<br />

Ambassador, said much of the<br />

University’s history is passed by<br />

students every day, and they don’t<br />

even know it.<br />

"We need to remember and honor<br />

those enslaved people who did work<br />

and build and made Alabama what it<br />

is, just to give those people their props,<br />

because they’re so often forgotten and<br />

they're really like unsung heroes to the<br />

University,” Burroughs said.<br />

As for a personal goal, Kelly wants<br />

the University to officially recognize<br />

the slave quarters located outside of<br />

the president’s mansion.<br />

“I think the main thing I really want<br />

people to know and what I’m trying to<br />

Communities and resources<br />

for minority students<br />



advocate for is for the University to<br />

clear out the slave quarters and put a<br />

plaque there,” Kelly said.<br />

She said students typically don’t<br />

know about the history of the<br />

slave quarters and the president’s<br />

mansion, to the point where many<br />

take graduation photos in front of<br />

the building with the slave quarters in<br />

the background.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mound (left) and Malone Hood Plaza (right) are two of the<br />

stops on the ‘Hallowed Grounds’ tour. CW / David Gray<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hallowed Grounds tour starts<br />

at the Gorgas House nearby the<br />

English Building on the northeast<br />

end of the Quad, and the tour ends<br />

outside of the Math and Science<br />

Building, where two enslaved persons<br />

are buried.<br />

“That's where we end the tour at<br />

and it's definitely a very shocking<br />

ending. People are always telling us<br />

like, ‘Wow, I had classes in here and<br />

had no idea there was a cemetery right<br />

on the side of the building,’ so that's<br />

where the tour ends,” Burroughs said.<br />

Other locations included in the<br />

tour consist of Smith Hall, where<br />

impact points from bullets shot at<br />

Autherine Lucy Foster can be found;<br />

Foster Auditorium, at which the<br />

famous “Stand In the Schoolhouse<br />

Door” occurred; and the Mound, the<br />

old site of Franklin Hall.<br />

Despite the current shortened<br />

form of the University’s freshman<br />

orientation, G. Christine Taylor, the<br />

vice president and associate provost of<br />

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, hopes<br />

to one day see further diversity talks<br />

during the beginning of a student’s<br />

college career.<br />

“I'm hopeful that over the next<br />

three or four years that we'll find some<br />

way to expand the conversations<br />

about diversity, equity, inclusion and<br />

belongingness for longer periods of<br />

time during Bama Bound,” Taylor<br />

said. “Most folks come from places<br />

where it's homogeneous, and this<br />

might be your first time talking to<br />

somebody who's different, thinking<br />

about things you've not thought about<br />

before, and you can't do that in 30<br />

minutes. You don't even take a test in<br />

30 minutes.”<br />

Early said she wished the Hallowed<br />

Grounds tour had more support from<br />

the University.<br />

“When we take our Capstone Men<br />

and Women tours, we're talking about<br />

history there. So, acknowledging all<br />

parts of our history is really important<br />

to understand how far we've come,<br />

but also to acknowledge the people<br />

who have come before us who have<br />

led the way for people of color to<br />

be here and to be successful here,”<br />

Early said.<br />

Stoneking said that the tour is<br />

a way to pay tribute and continue<br />

conversations around the people at<br />

the University who made the campus<br />

run in its early day.<br />

“I think one of the broader goals of<br />

the sort of mission of the tour is not<br />

just to pay homage to and memorialize<br />

the lives of people who contributed to<br />

the development of the University,<br />

but it's also about continuing to have<br />

important conversations on campus,”<br />

Stoneking said. “And so, the tours are<br />

really about opening up a dialogue,<br />

where we talk about, ‘Hey, what does<br />

it mean to remember these things?<br />

How do we remember these things?<br />

How should we address, for example,<br />

the naming of buildings or adding<br />

historical markers or how do we talk<br />

about the actual work that goes into<br />

marking the histories that are already<br />

here, or removing them altogether?’”<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hallowed Grounds tour<br />

is offered year-round, but it is<br />

particularly pushed during February<br />

due to Black History Month. Those<br />

wishing to experience the Hallowed<br />

Grounds tour can RSVP on the BFSA<br />

website. Attendees register 10 days in<br />

advance and should expect to spend<br />

an hour on the tour. Despite Hilary<br />

Green departing the University in<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, the tour program is still being<br />

altered and revised.<br />

CW / Reagan Christian<br />

As of fall <strong>2022</strong>, 8,542 students at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama identify as<br />

an ethnic or racial minority. While there<br />

are many identity-based organizations to<br />

join, resources readily available to students<br />

and faculty/staff, and even a place to report<br />

incidents of discrimination and other forms<br />

of misconduct, minorities still face struggles<br />

on campus.<br />

One example is a history professor<br />

deciding to use a stereotypical slave voice<br />

during a lecture on the southern antebellum<br />

era. When you’re the only Black student in the<br />

room, that isn’t exactly the most positive or<br />

welcoming experience.<br />

It’s also not encouraging to have people<br />

yell offensive things at you while walking with<br />

your friends at night.<br />

Some will argue that it’s just a couple of<br />

people creating those kinds of issues, but<br />

when the majority of minority students have<br />

had similar experiences it means one of two<br />

things. Either those couple of people are really<br />

efficient, or it’s a real and systemic problem<br />

that needs to be addressed.<br />

Every student has a story to tell and no<br />

two are the same. However, a constant among<br />

minority students is having difficulty finding<br />

their place on campus once they arrive.<br />

At the University, students of color have<br />

different experiences. Some feel as though<br />

they are in the right place and others feel<br />

like outsiders. Being at a predominantly<br />

white institution brings many opportunities,<br />

but finding your place in college can be<br />

a challenge.<br />

For minority students, it might feel like<br />

it is hard to achieve that goal but it is not<br />

impossible. <strong>The</strong>re are ways to feel included<br />

on campus. You can join clubs with people<br />

that share the same interest as you. Clubs<br />

are a great way to make friends and become<br />

involved in the community. Greek life is also<br />

very big on campus which can create lifelong<br />

bonds. It is all about finding a community as<br />

a college student.<br />

Out of the 600 plus student organizations<br />

at the University, a handful are specifically<br />

tailored to Black and other minority<br />

students, such as the Black Student Union,<br />

the Hispanic-Latino Association and the<br />

Asian American Student Association. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

organizations can be beneficial not only as<br />

spaces to talk to others with similar stories<br />

and challenges, but also for networking<br />

and mutual connections that will be helpful<br />

later on.<br />

Being a student of color means that you<br />

are in the minority. It means that you will<br />

experience things that many of your peers<br />

will not. It does not mean that you won’t enjoy<br />

your time here as a student, though. You can<br />

make the best of your college experience just<br />

like at any university.<br />

Students of color here have shown their<br />

culture through clubs and events like Onyx<br />

which the Black Student Union hosts every<br />

year. <strong>The</strong>y have been able to take Black<br />

politics classes where they are able to advocate<br />

for themselves and others. Students have the<br />

opportunity to run for positions to be heard<br />

on campus and make a difference.<br />

<strong>The</strong> opportunities are endless for students<br />

of color because we are able to be a voice<br />

for not only ourselves but our community<br />

as well.<br />

While there is still a lot of work to be done,<br />

we’ve created communities for ourselves and<br />

consistently worked to show we deserve to<br />

be here just like our white colleagues. From<br />

Autherine Lucy Foster, to James Hood and<br />

Vivian Malone, and to the students now, we<br />

are here yesterday, today and forever.

6A<br />

OPINION: Black students should<br />

be supported wherever they go<br />



As a Black woman, I found it<br />

interesting that there was<br />

so much pressure for me to attend<br />

a historically Black university. I<br />

did not, of course. Not because I<br />

had anything against Historically<br />

Black Colleges and Universities.<br />

If I did, I would not be writing<br />

for a Black student led magazine,<br />

would I?<br />

To my surprise I saw so<br />

many students of color<br />

on campus. Although the<br />

University is a PWI, it still<br />

felt so diverse to me. I<br />

loved how beautiful the<br />

campus looked and was<br />

sold on applying there<br />

when I toured the College<br />

of Communication and<br />

Information Sciences, which<br />

is my college now.<br />

Besides stating the obvious,<br />

I had so many friends and<br />

family ask me if I was applying<br />

to Howard University, Xavier<br />

University of Louisiana, Florida<br />

A&M University, and the list of<br />

Historical Black Colleges and<br />

Universities goes on. When I<br />

shared that I would be attending<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama, many<br />

were surprised, confused and<br />

even upset. Part of me could<br />

understand why.<br />

At first, I was dead set on not<br />

going to Alabama. I was born<br />

and raised in New Orleans. I<br />

had heard all the rumors about<br />

Alabama being a dangerous place<br />

for Black people to live in. At that<br />

time, I had already made up my<br />

mind that it was not the place<br />

for me.<br />

My mother attended <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama, and to this<br />

day she believes she’s the reason<br />

I did not want to attend. I have<br />

heard her on the phone multiple<br />

times saying, “Samantha doesn’t<br />

want to go to the University of<br />

Alabama because I graduated<br />

from there. She knows I want her<br />

to go, but you know, she’s in that<br />

rebellious teen phase.” I would<br />

always roll my eyes knowing<br />

my decision about college had<br />

nothing to do with being in a<br />

rebellious phase.<br />

I will share why I chose to attend<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama, but<br />

first I want to talk about why the<br />

pressure exists for so many Black<br />

students to attend an HBCU.<br />

I did some research and<br />

discovered that many factors play a<br />

role in this. First, most HBCUs are<br />

underfunded. According to USA<br />

Today, when looking at financial<br />

percentages, “If the endowments<br />

of all 105 HBCUs were added<br />

up, they’d still amount to less<br />

than 10% of Harvard University’s<br />

endowment, which at upward<br />

of $30 billion is the wealthiest<br />

of any college in the world.” I<br />

thought this may be the reason<br />

why so many people wanted me to<br />

attend an HBCU, to support them<br />

financially. As well as getting that<br />

“HBCU experience like no other”<br />

that countless family friends told<br />

me about.<br />

Second, there’s something<br />

deeper than an HBCU experience<br />

that made people biased towards<br />

them, something that wasn’t<br />

pleasant to uncover. According to<br />

Teen Vogue,“some HBCU students<br />

have issues with black students<br />

attending [predominantly white<br />

institutions] and some PWI<br />

students look down on HBCUs,<br />

which causes a sort of divide<br />

in the black community.” This<br />

statement is the reality of so many<br />

Black university students, when in<br />

reality, many are simply looking<br />

for a campus that will make<br />

them happy.<br />

Before integration was<br />

mandated in American<br />

universities, HBCUs were the<br />

only option for Black people<br />

to get a higher education. This<br />

is very meaningful, and I don’t<br />

discredit it at all. On the other<br />

hand, I also understand that Black<br />

men and women now have access<br />

to the education their ancestors<br />

fought so hard for by attending<br />

predominantly white institutions.<br />

What I don’t understand is why<br />

people are fighting over which<br />

path is better. At the end of the<br />

day, Black students are getting<br />

their education. <strong>The</strong>se students<br />

should go where they will be<br />

happy and feel supported for<br />

pursuing a college degree.<br />

Like I said earlier, I was born<br />

and raised in New Orleans. New<br />

Orleans is a majority Black city,<br />

and I felt the pressure to attend<br />

an HBCU for this reason. At the<br />

same time, my mother was set<br />

on me touring <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama. “Sam, you need to have<br />

an open mind to my school,” she’d<br />

plead. She finally told me the day<br />

we’d tour, and I realized I didn’t<br />

have a choice in the matter. When<br />

your Black momma tells you to<br />

do something, you better listen,<br />

or else.<br />

To my surprise I saw so many<br />

students of color on campus.<br />

Although the University is a PWI,<br />

it still felt diverse to me. I loved<br />

how beautiful the campus looked<br />

and was sold on applying there<br />

when I toured the College of<br />

Communication and Information<br />

Sciences, which is my college now.<br />

What I don’t understand<br />

is why people are fighting<br />

over which path is better.<br />

At the end of the day Black<br />

students are getting their<br />

education. <strong>The</strong>se students<br />

should go where they will<br />

be happy and feel supported<br />

for pursuing college.<br />

Nancy Parker Boyd, who was<br />

inducted into the 2020 class of<br />

C&IS Hall Of Fame inductees, is<br />

my role model. She was an awardwinning<br />

journalist, and my mom’s<br />

best friend. Sadly, she died in a<br />

plane crash in 2019 while filming<br />

a documentary of the pilot<br />

Franklin Augustus who also died<br />

during impact. Remembering her<br />

life and her spirit let me know that<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama was<br />

where I needed to be.<br />

Parker Boyd and my mother<br />

are strong, amazing, beautiful,<br />

Black women with a degree<br />

from <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama.<br />

When I applied and received<br />

my acceptance letter from<br />

the University, I was ecstatic<br />

to attend.<br />

After being accepted, I received<br />

an email about a program called<br />

Lucy’s Legacy that would allow<br />

me to live in John England Jr.<br />

Hall as part of a community<br />

CW / Autumn<br />

Williams<br />

of women of color. Long story<br />

short, I decided to apply and<br />

was accepted.<br />

I said my goodbyes to my<br />

parents and moved into John<br />

England Jr. Hall in August of this<br />

year. I thought it would be hard<br />

for me to make friends because<br />

I only knew one or two people<br />

from New Orleans that were also<br />

attending the University. I was<br />

definitely wrong. Within the first<br />

week, I met so many people from<br />

Lucy’s Legacy and BRIDGE. I now<br />

feel like I have a family, and I have<br />

met so many people of different<br />

races and backgrounds while<br />

attending here.<br />

When it comes to the debate of<br />

which is better, PWIs or HBCUs,<br />

one is not better than the other.<br />

No matter where someone decides<br />

to get their education, they<br />

should be supported for pursuing<br />

college. This means the Black<br />

community should be supporting<br />

each other, not trying to tear each<br />

other down.<br />

I remember the looks of betrayal<br />

when I told people I was attending<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama. I<br />

remember the jokes about how<br />

they’ll have to deal with the fact<br />

that I didn’t choose an HBCU.<br />

I’m at the point now where it<br />

doesn’t matter to me anymore, I<br />

am happy and feel like I belong at<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama. I don’t<br />

feel pressured anymore because<br />

I found my community. I know<br />

that I found my home away from<br />

home, and there’s nothing more I<br />

can ask for.


1B<br />



When Jock Sutherland<br />

walked into A.H. Parker<br />

High School in 1969, people<br />

thought he was lost.<br />

After all, what was a white<br />

assistant from <strong>The</strong> University of<br />

Alabama doing at a predominantly<br />

Black high school in Birmingham?<br />

<strong>The</strong> answer was simple, he was<br />

looking for basketball players.<br />

As he watched Parker play<br />

against George Washington Carver<br />

High School, another majority-<br />

Black school from Birmingham,<br />

one player in particular stuck out<br />

to him.<br />

“This guy can play,”<br />

Sutherland thought.<br />

That player was Wendell<br />

Hudson, a pure scorer who could<br />

jump out of the gym and wasn’t<br />

bothered when a double-team was<br />

thrown his way.<br />

Sutherland helped recruit<br />

Hudson to Alabama to play for<br />

head coach C.M. Newton, later<br />

that year making Hudson the first<br />

Black athlete on scholarship in <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama’s history.<br />

Hudson was a trailblazer, an<br />

inspiration, a beacon of hope for<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama and the<br />

state as a whole. Not to mention,<br />

he was a pretty good basketball<br />

player too.<br />

During his time at Alabama as a<br />

player, Hudson made multiple all-<br />

SEC teams, multiple all-America<br />

teams and was named SEC Player<br />

of the Year.<br />

“From a player’s perspective<br />

you look at what he did on the<br />

court, automatically he goes up<br />

at or near the top as one of the<br />

greatest players in the history of<br />

the program,” said Bryan Passink,<br />

a former Alabama basketball<br />

player and <strong>Crimson</strong> Tide Sports<br />

Network analyst. “That in and<br />

of itself garners so much respect<br />

from former and current players.”<br />

As Hudson was deciding<br />

whether to go to Alabama, he had<br />

two thoughts in his mind.<br />

“First, I thought I could play<br />

there. I’d seen Alabama play and<br />

I knew I was better than some of<br />

those guys,” Hudson said with a<br />

laugh. “Two, I thought nobody<br />

was going to bother me because<br />

I’m tough enough.”<br />

Hudson iterated that he wasn’t<br />

worried about his experience with<br />

negative race relations when he<br />

went to Alabama not only because<br />

of his mindset as a young man, but<br />

also the way he had been taught to<br />

think as he grew up.<br />

“At that time, I was 17 or 18 years<br />

old, I thought I was tough enough<br />

to handle anything,” Hudson<br />

said. “In my family and my high<br />

school, nobody talked about not<br />

deserving to go anywhere. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was never an idea in my mind that<br />

I was inferior to anybody. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were some people that felt that<br />

way, but I never felt that way.”<br />

Hudson’s mother was not as<br />

worry-free as he was.<br />

First, I thought I could play<br />

there. I’d seen Alabama play<br />

and I knew I was better than<br />

some of those guys. Two, I<br />

thought nobody was going<br />

to bother me because I’m<br />

tough enough.<br />


HUDSON<br />

“My mother was not crazy<br />

about it. She was not against<br />

Alabama, but nobody else has<br />

done it before,” Hudson said.<br />

“C.M. [Newton] told her, ‘We’re<br />

not going to sit here and tell you<br />

everything will be rosy and OK,<br />

but we will promise you we’ll treat<br />

him well and do everything we<br />

can to take care of him.’ And he<br />

lived up to that.”<br />

One of the lasting impressions<br />

that Hudson always left with<br />

people throughout his life was<br />

how genuine of a person he was.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>re’s just not a better guy,”<br />

Hudson’s jersey was the first jersey retired in Alabama Athletics history. CW File<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong> Tide Sports Network<br />

broadcaster Chris Stewart said.<br />

“Kind, compassionate. I’ve<br />

learned over time from observing<br />

and hearing, he’s probably one<br />

of the most forgiving people you<br />

could imagine. I’m very honored<br />

and grateful that I get to call him<br />

a friend.”<br />

After his career was over, <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama decided<br />

to retire Hudson’s No. 20 jersey<br />

and hang it in the Coleman<br />

Coliseum rafters, the first and<br />

only jersey retired in program<br />

history. <strong>The</strong> ceremony was held on<br />

Feb. 15, 2020.<br />

“Wendell meant so much and<br />

represented so much both on<br />

the floor and obviously off, that I<br />

thought it was a wonderful idea<br />

and that it was a well-deserved<br />

honor,” Stewart said. “It recognized<br />

what he did while he played at <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama, who he was<br />

when he played and coached, but<br />

also an unbelievable inspiration to<br />

anybody that aspires to be great.”<br />

Passink shared this sentiment,<br />

and said he was proud of the<br />

gesture itself being made by<br />

the University.<br />

“I was proud of Alabama,<br />

the athletic department and the<br />

basketball program, that they did<br />

something that is not the norm,”<br />

Passink said. “It was so welldeserved.<br />

It was amazing to be<br />

courtside when it was unveiled<br />

in the rafters. It was emotional<br />

because I know Wendell very well,<br />

I know his story very well, I read<br />

about his story before I met him,<br />

and I’ve heard his story firsthand.”<br />

After Hudson’s playing career<br />

was over, he began coaching and<br />

eventually returned to Alabama to<br />

be the head coach of the women’s<br />

basketball team from 2008-2013.<br />

His coaching tenure was felt all<br />

around the state as he revitalized<br />

the struggling program in<br />

many ways.<br />

“He restored relationships<br />

within the state of Alabama.<br />

<strong>The</strong> situation he inherited was a<br />

trainwreck, and you can quote<br />

Hudson’s jersey was retired at an Alabama men’s basketball game against<br />

LSU at Coleman Coliseum on Feb. 15, 2020. CW File<br />

me,” Stewart said. “Bridges had<br />

been burned, relationships with<br />

high school coaches had been<br />

torched around our state, and<br />

Wendell built those back and<br />

was a perfect transition to a great<br />

lady and a really good coach in<br />

Kristy Curry.”<br />

At that time, I was 17 or 18<br />

years old, I thought I was<br />

tough enough to handle<br />

anything. In my family and<br />

my high school, nobody<br />

talked about not deserving<br />

to go anywhere. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

was never an idea in my<br />

mind that I was inferior to<br />

anybody. <strong>The</strong>re were some<br />

people that felt that way, but<br />

I never felt that way.”<br />


HUDSON<br />

Stewart over the years has seen<br />

the lasting effects of Hudson’s<br />

legacy as a player, coach and one<br />

of his good friends. On top of all<br />

of that, Hudson’s legacy lives on in<br />

the Stewart household.<br />

“I’ve got a child named<br />

Hudson,” Stewart said. “My<br />

wife picked the name, first and<br />

foremost. Part of it has to do with<br />

a couple of physicians that meant<br />

a lot. I said, ‘That’s OK, you can<br />

do it for that reason, but as far<br />

as I’m concerned, he’s named for<br />

Wendell Hudson.’ In fact, I call my<br />

child Hud, because that’s Wendell<br />

Hudson’s nickname.”<br />

Wendell Hudson is a name that<br />

should be celebrated throughout<br />

<strong>The</strong> University’s campus for the<br />

legacy he left, not only on the court<br />

as an incredible basketball player,<br />

but off the court as a man who<br />

embodied kindness, compassion,<br />

and forgiveness, as an ambassador<br />

of <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama and<br />

a landmark of the progress that<br />

has been made.<br />

“[His legacy is] immeasurable,”<br />

Passink said. “When you look<br />

at the history of the University<br />

and the athletic department you<br />

think of names like Bear Bryant,<br />

Nick Saban, Wimp Sanderson and<br />

Wendell Hudson. His name is up<br />

there as one of the most influential<br />

and important people in the<br />

history of the Alabama athletic<br />

program, which is one of the most<br />

storied programs in the country.”<br />

In Hudson’s time at Alabama,<br />

he learned many things from<br />

Newton, but one thing sticks<br />

out the most to him all these<br />

years later.<br />

“C.M. used to tell me, ‘Son, you<br />

weren’t just a good player, but you<br />

were the right person. You always<br />

handled the bad as good as you<br />

did the good.’ I didn’t understand<br />

that until I became much older,”<br />

Hudson said.<br />

Hudson left a lasting impact<br />

on a broken school and helped<br />

spark change that still reverberates<br />

through the halls of Coleman<br />

Coliseum and Mal Moore Athletic<br />

Facility to this day.<br />

“I think he is a great example of<br />

where we’ve come from, and while<br />

I know there’s still a lot of work<br />

to be done, it also shows where<br />

we are,” Stewart said. “While<br />

there were people that wanted to<br />

fight over the fact that he was at<br />

Alabama and wearing an Alabama<br />

uniform, there are infinitely more<br />

today that would fight by his side<br />

or in front of him if ever a harsh<br />

word was said he way. He’s that<br />

highly regarded.”<br />

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Supporting Black women-owned small businesses<br />

3B<br />



Successfully running a<br />

business is challenging.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, tack on the fact that the<br />

business owner is also a full-time,<br />

degree-seeking student. College<br />

students are often tasked with<br />

balancing a successful academic<br />

career alongside a resume full<br />

of internship experience and<br />

participation in multiple clubs.<br />

Outside of the classroom, they<br />

attempt to balance a decent social<br />

life and maintain healthy habits<br />

such as working out and eating<br />

healthy, all while operating<br />

within a budget. <strong>The</strong> fastpaced<br />

nature of college makes<br />

running a successful business<br />

seem impossible.<br />

Having a passion for<br />

entrepreneurship is an important<br />

aspect of running a successful<br />

business, according to several<br />

Black women-owned businesses<br />

at <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama.<br />

“I used to do a bunch of<br />

different things when I was<br />

younger, just to make money,”<br />

said Elissa Nation, a senior<br />

majoring in political science.<br />

Before finalizing her charm<br />

bracelet brand, Nation dabbled in<br />

painting nails and selling snacks<br />

before realizing that she wanted a<br />

business that she could consider<br />

her own.<br />

Nation is the owner of A<br />

Nation's Charm, a customizable<br />

bracelet brand. <strong>The</strong> Birminghambased<br />

business offers<br />

international shipping and allows<br />

customers to shop for a variety of<br />

Nation’s Charm founder, Elissa Nation, displays her product.<br />

Courtesy of Elissa Nation<br />

body accessories, hats, bags and<br />

sunglasses. She said the idea of<br />

the brand came from the need<br />

around campus to find accessible<br />

fashion on a budget.<br />

“I was making charm bracelets<br />

just for fun and wearing them<br />

myself,” Nation said. “<strong>The</strong>n<br />

people started telling me that<br />

they wanted one, so I started<br />

selling them to my friends, and<br />

thought I might as well make this<br />

a legitimate business.”<br />

I’m never going to say that<br />

the process is easy, nor is it<br />

always fun, but at the end<br />

of the day I’m happy with<br />

the turnout and the journey<br />

doesn’t define what the<br />

ending product is.<br />

ELISSA<br />

NATION<br />

Nation’s charms are fully<br />

customizable, so customers have<br />

as much of the creative rights<br />

to the jewelry as they want. A<br />

Simplistic Charm Bracelet on<br />

Nation’s site retails for $14,<br />

and comes with seven charms.<br />

<strong>The</strong> customer can choose the<br />

color charms they prefer, as<br />

well as silver, gold, rose-gold, or<br />

black plate.<br />

“For people that like to dance,<br />

I find a charm for dancers,” she<br />

said. “For people that want to be<br />

a nurse, I find medical charms,<br />

so you can feel that the bracelet<br />

matches you as best as you would<br />

like it to.”<br />

Janeé Hill, a senior majoring<br />

in marketing, said the passion for<br />

her two businesses — Dose of Nae<br />

Podcast and Calyx Cosmetics, a<br />

vegan and cruelty-free lipstick<br />

brand — came from wanting to<br />

be her own boss.<br />

Hill began to look more into an<br />

LLC to ensure that her business<br />

formation would be right, as she<br />

would be to dealing with skin.<br />

“I always knew I wanted to<br />

work for myself since I was a kid,”<br />

Hill said.<br />

She said the idea of her<br />

cosmetics brand came in 2019<br />

before her freshman year of<br />

college. She wanted a brand that<br />

would relay the message that<br />

“less is more.”<br />

Hill felt that makeup should be<br />

optional and that women should<br />

feel confident with or without it.<br />

“I don’t feel like we, as women,<br />

need too much makeup and it<br />

was a way to boost mine and<br />

other women’s confidence,”<br />

she said.<br />

Hill then turned to her podcast<br />

in 2020 during COVID-19,<br />

creating it as an outlet for<br />

herself and others to speak<br />

about experiences.<br />

“As college students, we have<br />

so much to say, and we<br />

go through so much,<br />

especially when<br />

it comes to<br />

trying to find<br />

ourselves<br />

a n d<br />

navigate<br />

through<br />

life,” she<br />

said.<br />

Although Nation and Hill<br />

have seemed to successfully<br />

navigate their respective business<br />

ventures, it didn’t come without a<br />

period of trial and error.<br />

“I’m never going to say that the<br />

process is easy, nor is it always<br />

fun, but at the end of the day I’m<br />

happy with the turnout and the<br />

journey doesn’t define what the<br />

ending product is,” Nation said.<br />

Hill said that sometimes as a<br />

Black woman business owner,<br />

she feels that she’s not always<br />

moving fast enough or getting<br />

her products seen as much as she<br />

would like.<br />

“It can be discouraging<br />

sometimes,” she said. “Sometimes<br />

you’ll have good months with a<br />

decent amount of sales, and other<br />

times it's months where you won’t<br />

get many sales. But consistency<br />

and patience keeps you going.”<br />

Elissa Nation is a social media<br />

strategist for <strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong>.

4B<br />



In pop culture, the stereotype<br />

of a cheerleader is that she’s<br />

peppy. She has a large, red-lipsticked<br />

smile plastered on her face, and<br />

she’s blonde. Usually super tan as<br />

well, but always blonde. From the<br />

Cheerios in “Glee” to the majority<br />

of cheerleaders under any Friday<br />

night lights on the big screen, the<br />

culture is predominantly white.<br />

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader<br />

Briana Baisden says that her time<br />

dancing with the Alabama spirit<br />

squads was defined by this ‘look.’<br />

“<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama as a<br />

whole, you see most of our athletic<br />

teams like football and basketball<br />

have predominantly black players<br />

and athletes,” Baisden said. “<strong>The</strong>n<br />

you look on the sidelines and<br />

you see the opposite within the<br />

spirit squads.”<br />

At <strong>The</strong> University of Alabama,<br />

spirit squads encompass everything<br />

from the <strong>Crimson</strong>ettes to the cheer<br />

squad to the dance team. During<br />

Transforming the ‘look’ of UA cheer<br />

Baisden’s time on the dance team,<br />

she was one of the only women<br />

of color.<br />

Baisden says that part<br />

of the problem was the<br />

intimidation factor.<br />

“I think we can all agree that<br />

Alabama has a certain ‘look,’”<br />

Baisden said. “If you look over<br />

the past 20, 25 years of Alabama<br />

dance team, you can count on one<br />

hand, maybe two, how many Black<br />

women have been on the team.<br />

So, if you’re a freshman coming<br />

in on the team, you’re coming in<br />

and you’re looking at that, and<br />

you’re wondering ‘Is there a space<br />

for me?’”<br />

While today’s spirit squad is still<br />

predominantly white, it includes<br />

more Black and other minority<br />

members than it did during<br />

Baisden’s time on dance team.<br />

But junior cheerleader Kristianna<br />

Morgan, majoring in nursing said,<br />

despite the accepting attitudes from<br />

UA cheerleaders during the Sept. 3 game against Utah State. CW / David Gray<br />

her coaches and teammates, she<br />

would still feel anxiety if she wore<br />

her hair differently than the typical<br />

cheerleader ‘look,’ like in braids or<br />

naturally curly.<br />

“I don’t think it would be a big<br />

deal if we decided to [wear braids<br />

or natural hair], like me personally,<br />

for no reason I probably would still<br />

be anxious about it or about going<br />

through with it,” Morgan said. “I<br />

don’t think I would be anxious<br />

about asking [coaches] but like<br />

actually having it, just because it is<br />

not the expectation.”<br />

Fellow junior cheerleader Tiana<br />

Taliaferro, who is majoring in<br />

elementary education, says she<br />

had similar anxieties about not<br />

fitting the typical cheerleader look<br />

growing up.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> gym I cheered at wasn’t<br />

predominantly white but there<br />

were times I felt like I had to be<br />

a certain way,” Taliaferro said.<br />

“During choreography, I would<br />

think they wouldn't put me in front<br />

because I’m Black. But it wasn't<br />

necessarily because they made me<br />

feel like that, but I believed it in the<br />

back of my mind. <strong>The</strong>re were a lot<br />

of things in my head that led me to<br />

think that they wouldn't do certain<br />

things because I was Black.”<br />

Although the cheer culture at<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama has<br />

changed since Baisden attended,<br />

lifelong doubts still dance in the<br />

back of many spirit squad members’<br />

minds. Years of little diversity<br />

and the preconceived notions<br />

and stereotypes surrounding<br />

cheer culture do nothing to<br />

help build confidence in these<br />

members. Former members like<br />

Baisden, though, can help crush<br />

those doubts.<br />

“In regards to that [‘look’] and<br />

spirit squads in general, there’s a<br />

fine balance between wanting to<br />

look collegiate and Southern, the<br />

‘wholesome, Southern Belle look’<br />

and being exclusionary,” Baisden<br />

said. “I think having a diverse<br />

audition panel when it comes to<br />

judges is the first step in general.”<br />

When she isn’t cheering for<br />

the Cowboys, Baisden judges<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong>ette auditions and works<br />

closely with their choreography<br />

teams. She said that when potential<br />

<strong>Crimson</strong>ettes see women who<br />

look like them in the organization,<br />

they know that there is a place for<br />

them on the team and with the UA<br />

spirit squads.<br />

Since Baisden left the Alabama<br />

dance team after graduating from<br />

the University, the spirit squads<br />

have slowly but surely become<br />

more inclusive and diverse, in part<br />

because of a change in leadership.<br />

Baisden said she appreciates<br />

the opportunity to talk to this<br />

new generation of dancers and<br />

cheerleaders.<br />

Taliaferro says that having<br />

Brandon Prince, who is also<br />

Black, as a cheerleading coach,<br />

has impacted her view of the<br />

‘look’ during her time on the<br />

cheerleading squad.<br />

“He’s not super strict with hair<br />

and makeup because he knows that<br />

a shade of lipstick on me won’t look<br />

the same on a really pale person,”<br />

Taliaferro said. “That’s one thing I<br />

really like about it, that they don’t<br />

want us all to look the exact same.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y all want us to be ourselves.”<br />

Allowing each member to<br />

develop their own look was one<br />

factor that greatly influenced<br />

Taliaferro’s decision to cheer at UA.<br />

“When I looked at Alabama<br />

and came to clinics, I looked at<br />

how diverse it looked and how<br />

he let them do their own thing,”<br />

Taliaferro said. “Now, being on the<br />

team, it really is true.”<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were a lot of things in<br />

my head that led me to think<br />

that they wouldn’t do certain<br />

things because I was Black.<br />


Morgan says that hair plays a big<br />

part in that.<br />

“I feel like they encourage us<br />

to express ourselves through our<br />

hair,” Morgan said. “This year I had<br />

braids for headshots because it was<br />

still summer, and I did not want to<br />

have to change my hair yet and it<br />

was fine actually. It did not matter<br />

at all.”<br />

In fact, for Morgan, the cheer<br />

squad has become a comfortable<br />

place for her despite its<br />

predominantly white history.<br />

“It has been amazing,” Morgan<br />

said. “I don’t have to walk into<br />

practice or walk into a game like<br />

‘Oh my gosh’ you know, like when<br />

you walk into a predominantly<br />

white room and you are like ‘wait,<br />

I am the only Black person?’ It’s<br />

not like that at all; you don’t think<br />

about it.”<br />

UA cheer culture has come a<br />

long way since Baisden danced<br />

with the spirit squads back in 2011.<br />

It is beginning to shift from only<br />

preppy, blonde girls with bright<br />

red lipstick to a more inclusive<br />

environment that encourages every<br />

girl to bring her own look onto<br />

the squad.<br />

STEM organizations promoting diversity on campus<br />



<strong>The</strong> science, technology,<br />

engineering<br />

and<br />

mathematics field is growing at<br />

a rapid pace with employment<br />

being projected to increase by 8%<br />

by 2029. With the ever-changing<br />

employment rate also comes more<br />

diversity, especially in such a wideranging<br />

field as STEM. However,<br />

only 9% of the STEM workforce<br />

is Black.<br />

At the University, approximately<br />

1,527 of 13,346 students in fields<br />

considered STEM or STEMadjacent<br />

are Black, which is<br />

around 11.4%.<br />

While it may seem difficult to<br />

navigate such a large field that’s<br />

lacking diversity, <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama offers clubs and<br />

resources dedicated to finding<br />

support for Black students as they<br />

pursue their degrees.<br />

National Society of<br />

Black Engineers<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Society of Black<br />

Engineers is one of the biggest<br />

student-governed organizations<br />

in the United States. Founded<br />

in 1975, the goal of the<br />

organization is to support and<br />

uplift young Black collegiate<br />

and pre-collegiate students who<br />

hope to work in technology and<br />

engineering careers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> mission of the National<br />

Society of Black Engineers is “to<br />

increase the number of culturally<br />

responsible Black engineers<br />

who excel academically, succeed<br />

professionally, and positively<br />

impact the community.”<br />

Not only does the organization<br />

benefit college students, but it<br />

also engages younger students.<br />

Thousands of prospective<br />

students, grades four through<br />

six, are eligible for the national<br />

Summer Engineering Experience<br />

for Kids camps. <strong>The</strong> National<br />

Society of Black Engineers prides<br />

itself on developing leaders in the<br />

STEM industry while promoting<br />

diversity and inclusion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama’s<br />

chapter of the National Society of<br />

Black Engineers “hosts events that<br />

focus on professional development,<br />

academic development, and<br />

community service.”<br />

Once I earn this degree,<br />

it will be monumental in<br />

showing other minority<br />

women that we do belong<br />

in these fields despite the<br />

extra challenges it may take<br />

us to get here.<br />


As well as highlighting the<br />

ability to create strong cover letters,<br />

resumes and communication<br />

skills with professors and<br />

peers, the University’s chapter<br />

believes that real change can be<br />

made through collaboration,<br />

which is what the chapter and<br />

organization promotes.<br />

Shanissee Lee, a junior majoring<br />

in aerospace engineering and a<br />

member of the National Society<br />

of Black Engineers, said she works<br />

to be well-rounded and is aware of<br />

the difficulty associated with this<br />

career path. Lee said the challenges<br />

lie outside of the classroom,<br />

as well.<br />

“In this major path, and career<br />

field, I am a double minority<br />

and am normally one of 100 in a<br />

majority of the rooms I enter,” Lee<br />

said. “Once I earn this degree, it<br />

will be monumental in showing<br />

other minority women that we do<br />

belong in these fields despite the<br />

extra challenges it may take us to<br />

get here.”<br />

Despite the hardships, Lee said<br />

she is able to find joy through<br />

the National Society of Black<br />

Engineers, especially when it<br />

comes to networking and relating<br />

with her fellow members.<br />

“This organization has helped<br />

me to find a community in which<br />

I am supported,” Lee said. “Things<br />

can feel easier and more motivating<br />

when you see peers that look like<br />

you going through the same things<br />

and accomplishing these goals.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Society of Black<br />

Engineers isn’t the only club on<br />

campus dedicated to supporting<br />

Black and minority students in<br />

the STEM field. <strong>The</strong> Minority<br />

Association of Pre-Medical<br />

Students, Students Against<br />

Medical Racism, and even<br />

expanding beyond the STEM field,<br />

National Black MBA Association,<br />

all have the same purpose of<br />

providing community and<br />

education for minority students.<br />

Minority Association<br />

of Pre-Medical<br />

Students<br />

This<br />

campus<br />

organization represents<br />

the undergraduate and<br />

post-baccalaureate students<br />

of the Student National<br />

Medical Association.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are committed to<br />

supporting current and<br />

future underrepresented<br />

medical students. <strong>The</strong><br />

Minority Association of<br />

Pre-Medical Students<br />

works to address the<br />

needs of marginalized<br />

communities and promote<br />

the development of CW / Shelby West<br />

exceptional physicians.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organization is “committed<br />

to supporting current and future<br />

underrepresented minority<br />

medical students, addressing<br />

the needs of underserved<br />

communities, and increasing the<br />

number of clinically excellent,<br />

culturally competent and socially<br />

conscious physicians.”<br />

From hosting MCAT study<br />

nights and a friendsgiving to<br />

partnering with other local<br />

organizations to host budgeting<br />

and financial education nights,<br />

MAPS has general body meetings<br />

around once a month.<br />

For more information about<br />

the organization and its upcoming<br />

events, check out their Instagram.<br />

Students Against<br />

Medical Racism<br />

Students Against Medical<br />

Racism aims to educate students<br />

going into the healthcare and<br />

policy-making field about the<br />

disparities that affect minorities<br />

in healthcare. <strong>The</strong> organization’s<br />

members collaborate to prepare<br />

for their future profession and<br />

actively work in the<br />

Tuscaloosa community. <strong>The</strong>y hold<br />

hygiene drives and fundraisers<br />

and donate to local foundations<br />

in order to help struggling<br />

Tuscaloosa communities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> organization provides its<br />

members with resources to learn<br />

about the history of medical<br />

racism and even hosts special<br />

guest speakers from different<br />

medical fields. <strong>The</strong> organization’s<br />

goals are for students to leave the<br />

club with a better understanding<br />

of what minorities might face in<br />

the medical field and hopes to<br />

inspire positive change.<br />

“Students will leave this club<br />

with a better understanding of the<br />

systemic racism that has plagued<br />

the country and will now be<br />

ready to go into the working force<br />

ready to make a change,” said the<br />

organization’s SOURCE webpage.<br />

While being on any STEM path<br />

at any university is challenging,<br />

<strong>The</strong> University of Alabama has<br />

clubs and organizations that can<br />

help students find a community<br />

that keeps them motivated and<br />

on track.

“Getting a seat at the table:”<br />

Hear the voices of UA’s Black student leaders<br />



This fall, <strong>The</strong> University<br />

of Alabama reached a<br />

milestone: a record number<br />

of 4,344 Black students were<br />

enrolled. Despite this growth,<br />

however, Black representation<br />

on campus remains limited, with<br />

most prominent organizations<br />

featuring few, if any, Black<br />

students among their ranks<br />

of leaders.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Crimson</strong> <strong>White</strong> partnered<br />

with <strong>Nineteen</strong> <strong>Fifty</strong>-<strong>Six</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> to shed some light on<br />

the impressive work being done,<br />

by several Black students.<br />

Karina Collins<br />

Karina Collins is<br />

a sophomore who<br />

serves as a Senator<br />

for the College<br />

of Human<br />

Environmental<br />

Sciences in<br />

the Student<br />

Government<br />

Association. She<br />

is also a member<br />

of the Beta<br />

Sigma chapter of<br />

the Alpha Kappa<br />

Alpha Sorority,<br />

and a residential<br />

advisor at Ridgecrest<br />

South residential hall.<br />

She is currently studying<br />

public health.<br />

Q: What's been your favorite<br />

part about being in the SGA?<br />

A: Honestly, being a voice<br />

for students. I really enjoy<br />

when people do find out that<br />

I am a Senator for the Student<br />

Government Association. I<br />

really enjoy asking them what<br />

they want to see done, because<br />

they elected us, we're in this<br />

position, we're able to get things<br />

done for them. So just being a<br />

voice for this student body and<br />

specifically students within<br />

my college.<br />

Q: What motivated you to<br />

strive for the position of Senator?<br />

A: I will honestly say my<br />

friends and then the lack of<br />

African Americans in the Student<br />

Government Association. At<br />

first, I was pretty nervous about<br />

running for the position, but I<br />

just kind of thought, ‘OK, we<br />

need a voice at the table. I'll just<br />

go ahead and do it.’ And then my<br />

friends were also like, ‘I think<br />

you should do it.’ So, they really<br />

helped me get through it and<br />

decide to run for my position.<br />

Q: What accomplishments<br />

would you say you've made as<br />

a Senator?<br />

A: This is my first year<br />

being a Senator for the Student<br />

Government Association. So<br />

recently, I've been helping<br />

sponsor bills and that's been<br />

something we've accomplished.<br />

Also, one of the bills I sponsored<br />

with Senator Elizabeth Prophet<br />

was sort of a "Meet Your Senator<br />

Day." We're trying to increase<br />

transparency and inclusivity on<br />

campus, so again, the student<br />

body will have more access to us<br />

and they're able to tell us their<br />

concerns. So [I] definitely think<br />

that was a huge accomplishment,<br />

getting that passed in the Senate.<br />

Q: What challenges do you<br />

think you faced while you were<br />

trying to become a Senator?<br />

A: I honestly just tried getting<br />

my voice out there and people<br />

knowing who I am, considering<br />

I was a freshman. I was new<br />

to the campus. Not that many<br />

people knew who I was. So yeah,<br />

that was the biggest challenge:<br />

just trying to put myself out<br />

there. I remember when I got to<br />

campaign in person and handout<br />

buttons, I was so nervous. I was<br />

like, “Oh my gosh, what if they<br />

throw my button on the ground?”<br />

or something like that. So that<br />

Karina Collins<br />

Courtesy of SGA<br />

was the hardest part, trying to<br />

get my name out there so people<br />

knew who I was and what I was<br />

standing for.<br />

Q: What challenges or<br />

problems do you think African<br />

American students on campus<br />

still face?<br />

A: I definitely think it's hard<br />

for us to get a seat at the table.<br />

Sort of, like I said earlier, I ran<br />

for SGA so we could have a<br />

seat at the table. I believe we<br />

still face different adversity<br />

because at the end of the day,<br />

this is a predominately white<br />

institution— we are not<br />

the majority here. So, it's<br />

just sort of trying to get<br />

our voice out there and<br />

trying to make sure that<br />

people are listening<br />

to our concerns, and<br />

they understand that<br />

this is an issue [and]<br />

although we are the<br />

minority here, our<br />

voices still matter.<br />

Preston<br />

McGee<br />

Preston McGee is<br />

a senior on track to<br />

receive dual degrees<br />

in management and<br />

political science. In the<br />

past, he served as Deputy<br />

Chief of Staff under<br />

President Jillian Fields<br />

of the SGA; currently,<br />

he serves as president<br />

of the Capstone<br />

Men and Women, an<br />

ambassador group for<br />

prospective students.<br />

Q: Tell me<br />

more about your<br />

journey through<br />

the group to<br />

becoming<br />

president.<br />

A: So,<br />

I pledged<br />

C a p s t o n e<br />

Men and<br />

Women the<br />

spring of my freshman year. I was<br />

blessed to make the group. Over<br />

the first two years in the group,<br />

I woke up, put my best foot<br />

forward every day [and] I tried<br />

to be the best not only Capstone<br />

man but the best person I could<br />

be for every member of the<br />

group and every person I came<br />

into contact with. And I think<br />

over those first two years ... I<br />

proved that I could be who I was.<br />

And ultimately, that led to me<br />

being president of the group. I<br />

ran unopposed, and I think that<br />

the reason why I ran unopposed<br />

is that people saw how much<br />

effort that I put into the group<br />

and how much I cared about the<br />

University and that they trusted<br />

me to be the ... face of the group.<br />

Q: What's been your favorite<br />

part about being in the Capstone<br />

Men and Women?<br />

A: My favorite part about<br />

being in Capstone is really the<br />

people I get to meet. One of<br />

the reasons why I came to <strong>The</strong><br />

University of Alabama was<br />

because of how diverse our<br />

student body is. We have nearly<br />

60% of our students coming<br />

from out of state. And now<br />

that I get to be one of the first<br />

welcoming faces that they get to<br />

meet when they settle into our<br />

campus, that's been the best part,<br />

because I've always been such an<br />

outgoing “people person.”<br />

Q: What challenges did you<br />

face getting into the Capstone?<br />

A: Challenges ... I would say<br />

that there's very few. ... I was very<br />

blessed to be become a Capstone<br />

Man to be selected to represent<br />

the University. Ever since I made<br />

the group, I decided that I would<br />

put my best foot forward every<br />

day, give as many tours as I<br />

could, and not just giv[e] a tour<br />

just to give a tour, but giv[e] my<br />

best on that tour, making sure<br />

that every person I interacted<br />

with on that tour felt welcomed<br />

and they understood my role<br />

and understood that how UA<br />

can be their potential home for<br />

the next four years is a very big<br />

decision. Yeah. So I did what I<br />

was supposed to do in the group,<br />

I went above and beyond every<br />

way. We kind of have a motto<br />

like the bare minimum is not<br />

good enough for the group. And<br />

we don't present to our guests<br />

the bare minimum.<br />

Q: What's one thing you think<br />

UA students should know about<br />

Capstone Men and Women?<br />

A: I want students to know<br />

that we're not only there for<br />

prospective students, we're<br />

there for all of campus. Because<br />

at the end of the day, we are<br />

representing our entire campus,<br />

no matter what your background<br />

is, no matter where you're coming<br />

from. We are here representing<br />

UA, and every single student at<br />

UA is a part of UA. And that's<br />

what we represent. So we're not<br />

only there to serve guests, we're<br />

not only there to serve people<br />

who are here, we're here to serve<br />

everyone. So that's a freshman,<br />

sophomore, junior, senior,<br />

whether you're on the group,<br />

know someone on the group, or<br />

not. We want people to be able<br />

to approach us, ask us questions,<br />

and get to know us and let<br />

us help you in any way that<br />

we can.<br />

Q: And finally, what<br />

challenges or problems<br />

do you think African<br />

American students on campus<br />

still face?<br />

A: I think one of the<br />

biggest problems<br />

that we face is<br />

the barriers that<br />

we put up for<br />

ourselves; we<br />

put limits on<br />

what we think<br />

we can achieve.<br />

And UA has<br />

come such a<br />

long way that<br />

everything on this campus is so<br />

accessible to students. So a lot of<br />

times we get stuck on ‘Oh, this<br />

organization is primarily this<br />

race, or they're primarily looking<br />

for this type of person.’ You won’t<br />

ever know if you don't ever put<br />

yourself out there. So that's why<br />

this past year, I went out to so<br />

many different organizations<br />

trying to get people to apply<br />

because we want everyone to<br />

apply if you have an interest<br />

in being a counselor, man or<br />

woman, we want you to apply.<br />

We're not looking for a specific<br />

person, or a specific type of<br />

person. Anyone who comes in<br />

there and shows us that you have<br />

what it takes to put your best foot<br />

forward every day that you're on<br />

this campus -- that's what we're<br />

looking for. So I think at the<br />

end of the day, the barriers that<br />

we place for ourselves are the<br />

biggest challenges facing African<br />

American students, the limits<br />

that we think that are above us<br />

when there's really no limit. <strong>The</strong><br />

sky's the limit, so fly for it.<br />

Preston McGee<br />

Courtesy of Preston McGee<br />

Remie Taylor<br />

Remie Taylor is currently<br />

serving as the president of the<br />

Future of Black Law<br />

Student Association,<br />

which helps<br />

students<br />

learn and<br />

prepare for<br />

law school.<br />

A senior<br />

majoring in<br />

political science with<br />

a minor in public<br />

policy studies, Taylor<br />

was previously<br />

the organization’s<br />

treasurer and director<br />

of public relations.<br />

Q: What is one thing you<br />

think UA students should know<br />

about your organization?<br />

A: I think that students<br />

should know just because it's an<br />

organization that says “Future<br />

Black Student Association” you<br />

can still come to the events to get<br />

knowledge about it. I invite the<br />

Pre-Law Student Association all<br />

time, the Legal Research club all<br />

the time, so I just want them to<br />

know it just isn’t an organization<br />

for Black people. I want them to<br />

know that if they have anybody<br />

that comes up with a<br />

question or anything that<br />

concerns the law school<br />

process that we are here<br />

to help.<br />

Q: How could UA<br />

students help your<br />

organization<br />

achieve its<br />

goals and/or be<br />

more inclusive?<br />

A: I think<br />

the biggest thing<br />

that they can do<br />

to help us achieve<br />

our goals is just<br />

being active in the<br />

organization. We<br />

can bring as many<br />

speakers as we want, we can have<br />

all the resources that we want<br />

but if we don’t have the people<br />

because they aren’t being active<br />

or reaching out then I think that is<br />

a little more difficult. My biggest<br />

goal in the organization is to<br />

help you navigate that extremely<br />

difficult law school application<br />

process and to get to that next<br />

step and I think the biggest way<br />

for me to help you is for you<br />

to actually come out and get<br />

those resources.<br />

Q: Briefly describe the history<br />

of your organization.<br />

A: So, it was originally<br />

founded in 2012 by a few Black<br />

students on campus. It was<br />

basically meant to serve as a<br />

safe place for minority students<br />

working to get into law school.<br />

It is kind of like the Black Law<br />

Student Association which is<br />

the national one at every law<br />

school around the nation. So,<br />

the FBLSA was kind of built on<br />

having the experience for pre-law<br />

students and having that sense<br />

of community where we are all<br />

working towards this common<br />

goal and we’re developing<br />

strategies, we’re figuring out<br />

resources to help us get to that.<br />

So that is how it started, and it<br />

is still going that way now so<br />

far after the years. Now we pay<br />

for LSAT tutoring and stuff like<br />

that, so it has changed a little bit<br />

but the main goal and the origin<br />

of it was to create a safe space<br />

to provide those resources and<br />

community for those minority<br />

students pursuing law school.<br />

Q: What challenges or<br />

problems do you think African<br />

American students on campus<br />

still face?<br />

A: I probably think that even<br />

though we do have some sort of<br />

community, I feel like there is<br />

still a way to go to kind of solidify<br />

that into advertise that right. So<br />

I know when I was a freshman,<br />

I didn’t know anything about<br />

BSU [the Black Student<br />

Association] or anything<br />

until my senior year.<br />

Right, I am graduating<br />

now and I know about<br />

the BSU. So I think<br />

there needs to be<br />

Remie Taylor<br />

Courtesy of FBLSA<br />

more outreach to<br />

Black students<br />

to know that<br />

they do have<br />

a community<br />

and I think<br />

it's important<br />

that they feel<br />

welcomed<br />

on campus<br />

in any way<br />

possible. I<br />

think the<br />

Trinity Hunter<br />

Courtesy of SGA<br />

5B<br />

University could do a better<br />

job at that and I think that just<br />

making sure that we have those<br />

safe spaces is important to kind<br />

of mitigate those issues of feeling<br />

isolated or lonely because you<br />

go in a classroom and it’s one<br />

of you and you’re the minority.<br />

So I think creating more of a<br />

comfortable and kind of safer<br />

feeling for them, I think that is an<br />

issue we need to face on campus.<br />

Trinity Hunter<br />

Trinity Hunter is a<br />

senior who is a double<br />

major in public relations<br />

and political science.<br />

Hunter is also a writer<br />

for Her Campus. Hunter<br />

currently serves as<br />

the press secretary<br />

for the Student<br />

Government<br />

Association to<br />

help spread<br />

the news to<br />

students across<br />

campus.<br />

Q: What has been<br />

your favorite part<br />

about being in this<br />

organization?<br />

A: My favorite part has been<br />

the programming, as well as the<br />

community. Initiatives such as<br />

OneUA, Faces of UA, and the<br />

DEI Certification Program have<br />

been integral to our growth as<br />

an organization. In addition, I<br />

have had the opportunity to grow<br />

up with a bunch of the same<br />

people who I served in First Year<br />

Council with. From meetings on<br />

Tuesday evenings to us entering<br />

our senior year, it has been an<br />

honor to watch them as they have<br />

moved through the University.<br />

Q: What challenges did you<br />

face in getting to your current<br />

leadership position?<br />

A: I think one of the biggest<br />

challenges came from trying<br />

to understand where I stood<br />

within the organization. As a<br />

Black woman, I have learned<br />

from a young age that my work<br />

ethic would have to be that much<br />

stronger than my counterparts.<br />

Thankfully, this drive has<br />

helped me propel through the<br />

organization since I got to<br />

campus, but it also gave me<br />

multiple avenues I walk down as<br />

I grew within the SGA.<br />

One of the challenges that I<br />

struggled with was figuring out<br />

how to gain and maintain trust<br />

across all areas of campus. I have<br />

been blessed to serve on this<br />

role, and I am thankful for the<br />

confidence of President Martin<br />

with filling it. That being said,<br />

I know that I have a unique<br />

perspective within my leadership<br />

role. I don’t know how many<br />

Black students may be interested<br />

in getting involved with SGA, let<br />

alone how many of them may<br />

want to serve as press secretary<br />

one day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> biggest challenge of<br />

getting to my leadership position,<br />

as well as holding it now, is<br />

subconsciously knowing that<br />

every step I take could influence<br />

the experience of those who<br />

come after me. I want to make<br />

them proud in everything I do.<br />

Q: What is one thing you<br />

think UA students should know<br />

about your organization?<br />

A: I would love for UA<br />

students to know that SGA is<br />

here to serve them. I want them<br />

to feel comfortable addressing<br />

their elected representatives and<br />

to deliver as many suggestions<br />

for how to make campus better<br />

as they can think of. By letting<br />

us know how we can fully serve<br />

them, students are ensuring that<br />

their campus experience will be<br />

better than when they came in.

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