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    Amy Laskowski

    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Led by Umoja and Student Government, BU Students Raise $100K for Social Justice Groups

  1. This is so wonderful! Keep up the awesome work helping dismantle systematic racism in this country! All our strong organizations need to work together to make this happen. Universities need to use their power to take a stance to push for real change in our society.

  2. The statement released by President Brown was not enough. We need the university to step up and match donations 100% and we need to enact policy changes to properly support our Black student and staff. Simply saying one is anti racist, as an institution largely built on systematic racism and functions in such way, IS NOT ENOUGH! We are all waiting and watching BU.

    -CLASS OF 2020

  3. I love what Umoja is doing NOW!

    In 1968, mid-way through my undergraduate coursework at Boston University, a singular event, forever altered my life: The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    I recall how I, like many students, channeled trauma, profound sadness and rage, by becoming politically active. I started mentoring youth in Roxbury; and also began organizing on campus with our small number of Black undergrad & grad students. The first thing we did was formalize the BSU and our name: Umoja (“unity” in Swahili). We militantly negotiated for a substantive affirmative action program, which addressed such voids as a paucity of African ancestry and Latinx students; and the lack of cultural relevancy & enrichment. We even struggled for a measure of institutional (fiscal & administrative) independence within BU, itself.

    Students such as Linda Phaire, Wendell Cox, Terri Lee, Florence ?, Ed Coaxum, John Bryant, Andrea Taylor, Cecelia Williams, Gerry Sims, Doris Headley, Al Smith, R. Lee Cook, Julian Huston, Bob Perry, Charles Mauldin, Barbara Curry, Gale Stewart, Linda Smith, Diane Sears, Maria Flores, Bob Marshall, Paulette Mapson, Gil Holloway, Fred Washington, and so many more stepped up.

    Our efforts resulted in the creation of the MLK Jr. Afro American Student Center and the annual admission of several hundred more Black and Latinx students. In 1970, upon graduation, I was hired as a fulltime educational research associate for BU’s newly established MLK, Jr. Center, where we refined, and got re-funding for the Center’s creative writing club & publication, theatre arts program and a student academic support “Skills Bank”.

    Erskin A. “Tony” Mackall CGS ‘68, CAS ‘70

    (aka Akinlabi E. A. Mackall)

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