blackout at brown

nov. 2015

In late November 2015, according to a Brown Daily Herald article, "several hundred students, faculty members, and administrators dressed in black gathered on the Quiet Green between University Hall and the Van Wickle Gates to show solidarity with the black victims of hate speech and threats of racialized violence at the University of Missouri. ... Though the event was organized in support of students at Mizzou, grievances about Brown’s campus climate and administration comprised the majority of the remarks. ... Students of color shared stories of personal experiences with racism in dorms, classrooms and other spaces on and off campus.

After the speeches on the Quiet Green, the group marched through the drizzle to the Main Green, where graduate students, primarily in the Department of Africana Studies, held a teach-in on the steps of Faunce House. The teach-in — organized by Bedour Alagraa GS and Shamara Alhassan GS — was one of many such events happening on campuses across the nation. ... The grad students read a list of demands for the administration, including that the University hire more faculty members of color, create mandatory training on critical race theory for all faculty members and adopt an intersectional framework for Title IX training."