In Solidarity: SNBAA Board Statement on Ferguson, MO

Mother of Dr. Kevin DeWalt, '99

Photo courtesy of CNN: Mother of Dr. Kevin DeWalt, ’99, using Milk of Magnesia to rinse her eyes after being teargassed.

 

Dear SNBAA community:

We would like to address the recent developments in Ferguson, MO, and the general trends in law enforcement and race relations around the country. Our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, and our nation during these unimaginably difficult times. We have simply lost too many Black lives to antiblack violence and police brutality. The Stanford National Black Alumni Association (SNBAA) recognizes how important these issues are to our members, and we are dedicated to providing opportunities for members of the SNBAA community to discuss and navigate them, including the following:

a. SNBAA Discussion Forum: Join the discussion on our online forum. Share your thoughts and updates on these matters.

b. Social Media: There is a vibrant discussion happening via social media about these issues. This includes posts and discussions on our Facebook page as well as on the many pages of our members online. We encourage you to engage in these conversations virtually.

c. On Campus: We are inspired by the activism of our community. Stanford students and BCSC staff led protests to shut down University Avenue, and the organizers are requesting ideas for intense, sustained actions. Please send your ideas via e-mail to paloaltosoe@gmail.com.

d.  The 2015 Stanford Black Alumni Summit Panel: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”: This panel will explore the trends and recent events (Ferguson, Ohio, South Carolina, etc.) involving the policing of Black Americans. Panelists with legal, social, and political perspectives on these matters will discuss concrete ways to defend the value of Black lives. Summit panelists will include Dereca Blackmon, ’91 (former organizer on behalf of Oscar Grant) and Tony West, JD ’92 (formerly of the DOJ).

During this holiday weekend, we are thankful for the Stanford Black alumni, students, and alumni parents, who have taken a stand for what they believe in, endured tear gas, faced threats of arrest, and protested during this past week. We believe our country will be made better by the solidarity that is being exhibited nationwide.

Sincerely,

Rolanda Gaines, ’94
Jennifer Grant, ’03
Patrice Hayden, ’95
Jamilah Jefferson, ’98
Damon Jones, ’03
James Jordan, ’93
Robert Joseph, ’91
Miklos Raibon, ’06
Tiffany Thomas, ’02
Trina Wiggins, ’82
Yvonne Young, ’96

DeLise Bernard, ’98, AM ’99 and Dennis Tyler, ’02
Co-Presidents, Stanford National Black Alumni Association