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Op-Ed | Grappling with systemic racism

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters raise their fists in solidarity at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street on June 13.

By Jack Daniel, Retired Pitt administrator

July 7, 2020

Jack Daniel, the first chair of Pitt’s Africana Studies department, says in an op-ed that we in America, and at Pitt, must confront an elephant in the room.

Letter to the Editor | Hold racist white women accountable

Letter to the Editor | Hold racist white women accountable

By Taylor Robinson, Rising Pitt Senior

July 7, 2020

Taylor Robinson argues in a letter to the editor that white women labeled as “Karens” are neither victims of cancel culture nor unprecedented times.

Op-Ed | Working to tell the story right

A column written by former editor-in-chief Don Marbury in the Jan. 16, 1969, edition of The Pitt News.

By Don Marbury, former Editor-in-Chief of The Pitt News

June 23, 2020

Rev. Don Marbury, the first Black editor-in-chief of The Pitt News, reflects on his experience during the Black Action Society’s 1969 Cathedral of Learning sit-in.

Op-Ed | Pitt Anthropology grad students, alumni stand with Black Lives Matter

Protesters march down Forbes Avenue, in the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning, at a Saturday protest.

By Courtney Besaw, Anika Jugovic Spajic, Alexa Kellogg and Ognjen Kojanic

June 23, 2020

The settler-colonial history of this country that continues to shape racial hierarchies must be confronted critically in order to create a truly equitable society. We cannot and will not stay silent.

Letter to the editor | Africana Studies as a resource for Black studies courses on campus

Protesters march across the Birmingham Bridge during a protest on June 4.

By Yolanda Covington-Ward, chair of the Department of Africana Studies

June 16, 2020

Yolanda Covington-Ward, the chair of the Department of Africana Studies, asks students in a letter to the editor why they have or have not taken Africana Studies classes.

Op-ed | A word of caution to students about Outlier courses

Pitt currently has a contract with Outlier to offer Calculus I and Intro to Psychology for credit throughout the summer.

By Melinda Ciccocioppo, Psychology Lecturer

June 16, 2020

As an instructor of Introduction to Psychology at Pitt, I’d like to make you aware of some very big differences between the Intro to Psychology course that Outlier is offering and the Introduction to Psychology courses that Pitt offers outside of this contract with Outlier.

Op-ed | Commendable ESG reports will need transparency

Members of the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition staged a February sit-in in the Cathedral of Learning, calling for fossil fuel divestment.

By Danny Doucette, Ph.D. Candidate in Physics

June 16, 2020

Reinvestments, which should be made in consultation with stakeholders like the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition and the Pitt community, should also be outlined in the report.

Letter from the editor | We must capitalize the B

Protesters march down Forbes Avenue at a protest Saturday.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

June 16, 2020

We will implement a new style rule, beginning immediately, to capitalize Black, as we should have done long ago. This change may seem small, but it’s not.

Op-Ed | Our Voices Must Be Heard

Op-Ed | Our Voices Must Be Heard

By Nana Gyabaah-Kessie, president of the African Students Organization; Blya Ange Krouba, vice president of the African Students Organization; Cameron Clarke, president of the Caribbean and Latin American Students Association

June 9, 2020

How can we be calm when we are constantly harmed mentally and physically? How do we reclaim our inherent titles as Kings and Queens when we are viewed as dishonorable and shameful? As black people, WE ARE TIRED.

Op-Ed | It’s time for Africa to be the change

Op-Ed | It’s time for Africa to be the change

By Rahmat Obanikoro, WAZOBIA Logistics Chair of the African Students Organization; Nana Gyabaah-Kessie, president of the African Students Organization

June 9, 2020

Uwa’s story is the one we speak of today. But there have been many before her, and we hope that she will be the last.

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