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The Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellences hosted Alicia Garza, the co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the Black Lives Matter Global Network. During the event, Alicia Garza touched upon her experiences founding the movement, her current work maintaining diversity and equal access and her book “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.”

‘Freedom dreams’: Alicia Garza discusses Black Lives Matter, new book

By Punya Bhasin, Staff Writer April 2, 2021
The Office of Equity and Inclusive Excellence in Pitt’s law school hosted Alicia Garza, the co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, on Thursday evening.
Staff columnist India Krug is critical of Mayor Bill Peduto’s response to the Black Lives Matter movement and his handling of policing in Pittsburgh.

Opinion | Vote Peduto out and Gainey in

By India Krug, Staff Columnist January 26, 2021
Peduto cannot be expected to give the Black Lives Matter movement the political agency it deserves. That is why it is imperative we focus on electing Gainey.
Under the trending hashtag #EndSARS, people are bringing awareness to police brutality in Nigeria.

Opinion | #BLM provides momentum for #EndSARS

By Ajani Powell, For The Pitt News October 30, 2020
Police brutality is not just an American problem, it is a frequent set of incidents that result from those in authoritative positions abusing their power.
Magnets and buttons for sale are displayed at the 2019 Pittsburgh Womens’ March.

Editorial | Stop commodifying activism

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 9, 2020
When we turn to capitalism and start selling goods with funny taglines, it distracts from larger issues of politics and justice that need to be recognized and advocated for.
A protester holds a sign during a Civil Saturdays demonstration in response to Mayor Bill Peduto speaking with protesters outside his house.

Editorial | Mayor Peduto must radically support Black Lives Matter

By The Pitt News Editorial Board August 23, 2020
It’s time for Mayor Peduto to rise above performative activism and definitively demonstrate that he stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
W. Kamau Bell speaks at an event at Pitt on Jan. 17, 2017. Anna Bongardino|Staff Photographer

W. Kamau Bell talks social justice with Black Action Society, Pitt Program Council

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor July 17, 2020
As a stand-up comic, W. Kamau Bell has made a career around being funny — but that doesn’t mean he takes political issues lightly. The comedian went without pre-rehearsed jokes to talk to Pitt community members Thursday evening about making change on campus and in their city.
Redfishbowl Studios in Lawrenceville

Artist collective combines art and activism

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor July 8, 2020
Redfishbowl and its collaborating artists are leading other initiatives to raise money for Pittsburgh organizations dedicated to bailing out protestors and supporting Black and trans people.
Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters raise their fists in solidarity at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Bouquet Street on June 13.

Op-Ed | Grappling with systemic racism

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.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher spoke about the dual crises facing the University at Friday morning's board of trustees meeting.

Gallagher: Pitt in a ‘watershed’ moment

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 26, 2020
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Friday that Pitt is in a “watershed” moment, while dealing with the dual crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and combating racial injustice.
A column written by former editor-in-chief Don Marbury in the Jan. 16, 1969, edition of The Pitt News.

Op-Ed | Working to tell the story right

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.
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