Diversity is a term that is often used but never really discussed outside the walls of academia. My goal is to open up the lines of discussion about diversity, especially as the country and the world becomes increasingly diverse. I aim to inspire, provoke, but most of all bring diversified minds together to discuss diverse topics.
Get out and vote
Tomorrow marks the culmination of the longest presidential campaign ever in the United States. It is imperative that after 726 days, countless debates, rallies, primaries and efforts that everyone exercises their constitutional right to vote. This election will be remembered as the most important election of this generation, no matter the outcome. If you are not involved in the process then your complaints will fall on deaf ears. Especially as this election, which has garnered the most passion of any in recent memory. Join me and everyone who will be lining up in the dark of night to wait for our chance to vote. Too many died before us fighting for the simple right to cast their vote. And I will stand for as long as I have to stand in honor of them.
Video Of Speech Good afternoon. It is great to be back. I attended my first Black Family Weekend as a high school senior in 2002. The people that I met that weekend, many of them becoming my closest friends, solidified my decision to attend Boston College. In the past fifteen years I have only missed one Black Family Weekend because of what the weekend symbolizes. The 2002 version of me would have never imagined that I’d be speaking here today. Dr. Donald Brown, is a Boston College legend. He spoke and continues to speak truth to power, and has always urged the Boston College community, to do the same. I received a message from him on Friday sending his warmest wishes to everyone. I am humbled to be speaking at an event bearing his name and hope to honor his legacy today. The theme of this weekend is blackness without boundaries. My intent is to focus on that theme and how it has been important in my life and spend some time discussing what it means as we grapple with blackness under a…
Every now and again its important to take stock in the friendships that you have, and more importantly, why those friendships are important. I had the chance to come back to my university this past weekend and reconnect with some old friends. The dynamic is always interesting. Most of the people that I know who still attend my college were freshmen during my senior year and are now seniors themselves. I have kept in touch with them, been there as a resource when they needed and am quite impressed with where they all have reached. But coming back and really chilling with them is always interesting because it is sometimes easy to remember them for the young freshmen that they were and not the adults that they now have become. But after a few minutes the realization is there(lol).
We had the chance to chill, kick back, discuss life, and just live in the moment. What always impresses me about having gone to Boston College is the amount of respect and love that one gets when coming back, if…
It is an honor to be here with you all tonight. I remember listening to Boston
College alum Steve Pemberton speak during Black Family Weekend’s Black
Excellence Gala. In his speech he described how Boston College became his home
while he was a student. I know exactly what he meant. From the first day I
stepped onto campus as a high school junior in 2001 I instantly felt a
connection. During my four years here I made it my home.With that said I want to thank you all for
inviting me back home tonight. I don’t know how it is in your homes, but in
mine things are said that make you laugh, make you cry, make you think and
challenge your beliefs. I hope that my homecoming will accomplish that as well. If my name
looks familiar to many of you that’s because I am the alum who wrote in to The
Heights a few weeks ago. One of the students on campus had deep reservations
about the way that The Heights covered Ta-Nehisi Coates on campus talk. I have
been a fan of Coates writing for qu…