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Activist, scholar Angela Davis talks anti-racism, social justice

Angela Davis, a civil rights activist and philosopher, discussed anti-racism at a Tuesday evening event.

By Maggie Young, Contributing Editor

July 29, 2020

Angela Davis told members of the Pitt community on Tuesday that the current reckoning on race relations in the United States is about 150 years too late.

Editorial: Kaepernick campaign: great for Nike, a touchdown for equality

San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) take a knee during the national anthem before a game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 6, 2018

Nike's 30th anniversary campaign ad featuring Colin Kaepernick has sparked outrage all over social media — but free publicity is great for the sports giant. And sponsoring Kaepernick's cause ensures social justice will get more attention.

Cecile Richards reflects on life of activism

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards talks about her mother, former Texas governor Ann Richards, at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall Wednesday night. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Hannah Schneider, Staff Writer

April 5, 2018

Cecile Richards has been politically active since seventh grade, when she wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War. When she was called to the principal’s office and asked if her mother knew what she was doing, she replied, “Probably.” Since then, she’s grown to become a lea...

No need to protest about protests

Students protested against sexual assault in October as part of Pitt's annual Take Back the Night.  Wenhao Wu | Staff Photographer

By Alyssa Lieberman / Columnist

November 30, 2015

Last Wednesday, at a student-led rally in solidarity with people of color at Mizzou, I overheard a police officer condemning our protest. The officer described us simply as a bunch of kids who have “no head on their shoulders.” According to him, we have “no idea” what we’re doing — we “ju...

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