Women’s March Co-Chairs Discuss the Movement’s Future

February 20, 2017

On Thursday, Feb. 16, the university’s Black History Month keynote speakers and national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington spoke in Wait Chapel.

Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour joined Professor Melissa Harris-Perry for a discussion about their experiences organizing the Women’s March and steps moving forward in their first public appearance together since the march.

The day after the presidential inauguration, 4.2 million people marched across the country and in the streets of the capitol in what was the largest demonstration in the history of the U.S.

Junior Nia McIntosh and senior Sydni Williams introduced the panelists and moderator to the audience.

Last year, McIntosh organized the first Black History Month calendar by bringing together a new committee of faculty, staff and students. As student chair, she wanted to think intentionally about this year’s national theme, “The Crisis in Black Education.”

“When I went to the Women’s March I thought about how education comes from the classroom and the lecture hall, but also from interaction with people,” McIntosh said. “Interpersonal conversations can teach us more than reading a textbook.”

Throughout nearly two hours of spirited conversation, the trio encouraged audience members to have “courageous conversations” with family members, neighbors, teachers and colleagues.

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