Placing the New Student Activism in Historical Context

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Writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution [31 Dec. 2015: A,1], Nedra Rhone reports on the rise in organized student activism nationwide but especially in greater Atlanta. In the article “Today’s Student Activists: On Fire against a Gumbo of Issues,” she emphasizes that this new wave of student activism is targeting more than racism, addressing issues “from Black Lives Matter and police brutality, to sexual assault and sexual orientation, to academic freedom and cultural diversity.”

Students at seven Atlanta colleges and universities have not only formed a “coalition” to advance “equality and justice” both on their individual campuses and across the metro area. In addition, the students groups at several institutions have joined TheDemands.org, a national group whose website presents a list of local to national issues being raised on 76 campuses across the U.S. (These lists of demands are very much worth reading.)

The more expansive and inclusive nature of this…

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