Students from across the SUNY system will assemble on Zoom to have a conversation about race in America, and establish the first SUNY-wide Black Students Union. By involving students from all campuses, we seek to embrace our community on a path to self-determination through collective advocacy. This open forum will provide a platform for students to share their sentiments about the ongoing struggle for Black liberation. Following these events, students will be given the opportunity to strategize with other leaders.
Students from all 64 SUNY campuses are expected to attend. Opening Remarks will be delivered by Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, while closing remarks will be delivered by Congressman Jamaal Bowman. This event was coordinated by SUNY Students including:
- Azania “Sammie” Maitland (SUNY Empire SGA President & Founder)
- Marcia-Ruth Ndege(Student Organizer & SUNY Stony Brook Student)
- Alexander Leonty (SUNY Brockport BSG President)
- Darrien Hunt (Student Organizer & SUNY Farmingdale Student)
- Nelaje Branch (University at Buffalo SGA President)
- Albert Culler (SUNY Empire Black Male Initiative Vice President & SUNY Empire Student)
- Nan Mead (Buffalo Project Research Lead & SUNY Empire Student)
- Antony Santana (SUNY Brockport BSG Advocacy Coordinator)
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online: Register for this Zoom event
Over the course of the past year, the Black community has been forced to endure the public and high-profile executions of powerful Black brothers, sisters, wives, husbands, and relatives nationwide. Mass media coverage has propelled the epidemic that is police violence to the frontlines causing distress and outrage. The wide range of emotions shared by the Black community has reached a boiling point and can no longer remain suppressed. The culmination of years of oppression has prompted an immediate response to the situation at hand, resulting in The Necessary Dialogue.