Solidarity Walk promotes inclusivity in MU homecoming activities

4 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
By: Emma Claybrook, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show support for students who are excluded from Homecoming traditions at MU.  

The group's Facebook event mentions marginalized communities have consistently been excluded from homecoming activities.

The students marched from the Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center to the dedication ceremony of the Lucile Bluford Residence Hall. 

The Solidarity Walk started in 2017 and the group said it's an effort to resist the injustices different groups feel. 

“I noticed a common theme of exclusion from majority groups on campus," said organizer Autumn Carson.  "I would see everyone is super excited for Homecoming, but with marginalized students, it's just not the same experience."

Carson said the march is promoting positive change on campus.

"It can’t change in a year, it can’t change in two years. It’s going to take time. But I do believe that Mizzou is taking the necessary steps to become better," she said.

LBC holds its own Homecoming events every year. It celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

"LBC wanted to create something that embraced Black people and embraced our culture and celebrated us," Carson said.

LBC member Jordan Look said he helped plan the walk because he wanted to let all students know they are welcome on MU's campus.

"I wanted to show incoming freshmen that, although it’s been hard and maybe in high school they didn’t have many people who were like them, but they will be able to find that here at Mizzou," he said. "They’ll be able to find a support system and they won’t be alone."

In 2015, a protest during MU's Homecoming Parade sparked a series of events that led to several campus protests and a hunger strike by MU graduate student Jonathan Butler. The group, Concerned Student 1950, put forth a list of demands including the resignation of UM System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin. Both Wolfe and Loftin eventually resigned.

In addition to the history of racial inequality at MU, a new study by the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center gave the university a “C” rating on overall equity on campus. MU received a score of 1.75 on a 4.0 scale, which is higher than Missouri’s average of 1.68. 

MU received a “D” rating for both its representation equity and its completion equity. Representation equity measures the university’s percentage of Black students compared to the percentage of Black residents ages 18 to 24 in the rest of the state, while completion equity measures the difference between Black students and their peers’ six-year graduation rates. 

"I believe that acknowledgement will allow the healing process to begin and will allow us to move forward in a more cooperative manner," said Look.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating several shooting scenes after an unusually violent day, even for... More >>
44 minutes ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 10:40:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes have flooded in northwest Missouri after the Missouri River overtopped and... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 9:13:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
CENTRALIA - The Lady Panthers Softball Team slid into success at the end of the season with some off-field accolades.... More >>
2 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 8:45:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri state capitol is going to be a lot quieter this week with lawmakers' spring break... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 6:24:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in Top Stories
BOONE COUNTY - Boone County will soon turn 200 years old, and county commissioners are working on a way to... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, March 18 2019 Mar 18, 2019 Monday, March 18, 2019 5:16:00 AM CDT March 18, 2019 in News
MARIES COUNTY - A 13-year-old girl died in a house fire Sunday in Maries County, according to a Facebook post... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:10:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Improvement District is offering a grant incentive to downtown restaurants that would eliminate messy grease bins... More >>
17 hours ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 5:42:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Yoga Gives-CoMo held its monthly charity yoga event Sunday afternoon in collaboration with Logboat Brewing Co. This... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 4:03:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A family is forced to move on after a fire destroyed their home of 32 years Saturday... More >>
19 hours ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 3:26:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Missouri, are investigating a stabbing death at a hotel. The Kansas... More >>
21 hours ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 1:59:00 PM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) - As rivers and creeks in flooded eastern Nebraska and western Iowa crest Saturday, officials have begun... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:17:00 AM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Three men have been sentenced this week for the kidnapping and torture of a... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 9:03:00 AM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Washington University student is suing after he was kicked out of the private St.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 8:56:00 AM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Department increased its presence in Columbia and surrounding areas for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. CPD... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, March 17 2019 Mar 17, 2019 Sunday, March 17, 2019 8:35:00 AM CDT March 17, 2019 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - A home near Centralia was destroyed by fire late Saturday night. The Boone County Fire Protection... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 16 2019 Mar 16, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019 11:44:00 PM CDT March 16, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who's introduced measures that would force adults to own handguns and young... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 16 2019 Mar 16, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:29:00 PM CDT March 16, 2019 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - A Sunrise Beach restaurant became fully engulfed with flames just as crews were trying to get in... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 16 2019 Mar 16, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019 4:55:00 PM CDT March 16, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - It's that time of the year again. With the weather starting to warm up, the Columbia Farmers Market... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 16 2019 Mar 16, 2019 Saturday, March 16, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT March 16, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
12pm 47°
1pm 49°
2pm 50°
3pm 52°