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Shades of Pearl Host #SayHerName walk


Trent Sprague
Trent Sprague is the photo editor and one of The Torch's photojournalists. He is a Communications and Photography major with a journalism minor.
On a rainy Thursday, Oct. 15, Shades of Pearl hosted a walk from Alumni Way to the Seal. The walk was to raise awareness of injustices against women of color, according to a statement from Shades of Pearl president Saqqara Goins (’21). As students gathered in Post 95 ahead of the walk, they were offered buttons reading #SayHerName and electric candles from University Pastor Rachel Tune. After a short wait, students were directed to move to a tent beside Alumni Way where Fatou Jobarteh (‘21) began explaining the origins of the #SayHerName walk. In response to the July 2015 death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old from Naperville, Ill, The African American Policy Forum and The Center for Intersection and Social Policy Studies at Columbia Law School released a report detailing stories of women of color killed by police. After explaining the origins of the #SayHerName walk, Jobarteh handed the conversation to Goins, who organized the crowd of approximately 40-50 students, faculty and staff to begin walking towards the Seal. As the group headed past Weaver Chapel, Goins began leading a chant of “Say Her Name” which continued to be shouted until the group arrived at the Seal. Upon arrival, Goins and Jobarteh thanked members of the group for attending and implored women in attendance to be involved with Shades of Pearl.



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