An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter

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Black students and professors, Beaumont Tower, Michigan State University, December 6, 2014. photo by Darryl Quinton Evans

We are Black professors.

We are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers.

We’re writing to tell you we see you and hear you.

We know the stories of dolls hanging by nooses, nigger written on dry erase boards and walls, stories of nigger said casually at parties by White students too drunk to know their own names but who know their place well enough to know nothing will happen if they call you out your name, stories of nigger said stone sober, stories of them calling you nigger using every other word except what they really mean to call you, stories of you having to explain your experience in classrooms—your language, your dress, your hair, your music, your skin—yourself, of you having to fight for all of us in classrooms where you are often the only one or one of a few, stories of you choosing silence as a matter of survival.

Sometimes we’re in those classrooms with you.

We know there is always more that people don’t see or hear or want to know, but we see you. We hear you.

In our mostly White classrooms we work with some of you, you who tell us other professors don’t see, don’t hear you. You, who come to our offices with stories of erasure that make you break down. They don’t see me, you say. They don’t hear me. We know and don’t know how to hold your tears.

How do we hold your tears, and your anger?

You are our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, our mothers, our fathers, our godchildren. You, with your stories of erasure break our hearts because you are family, because your stories of erasure ultimately are stories of violence, because your stories mirror our experiences, past and present.

Right now. This is all happening now. Every day. We know this.

We want you to hear.

You tell us your stories and sometimes we tell you our own stories of cops who stop us on the way to work, of grandparents born in Jim Crow, of parents born during segregation into an economic reality that made them encourage us to get solid jobs, of parents born outside the United States who came face-to-face with the harsh reality of U.S. anti-Blackness, how we chose institutions where we often feel alone. We tell you stories of almost dropping out of school, stories of working harder than anyone else even when it felt like it was killing us, even when it is killing us. We tell you we know historically and predominantly White universities might let you/us in, but they don’t care much about retaining us no matter how many times they misuse pretty words like diversity, or insult us with the hard slap of minority.

We tell you about the underground network of folks who helped us, the people who wrote us letters, the offices we cried in, the times we were silent, the times we spoke up, the times we thought we wouldn’t make it, the people who told us to hold on. We tell you over and over about the railroad of Black professors and other professors of color who we call when we know one of us is in need. We remind you skinfolk isn’t always kinfolk. We tell you to be careful. We tell you to take risks. We tell you, guard your heart. We tell you, keep your heart open. We tell you to hold on. Hold on, we say, to you, to us, because holding on to each other is everything, often the only thing.

Hold on.

We want a future for you, for us right now.

We write this is in solidarity with the families of Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Renisha McBride, Trayvon Martin, Rekia Boyd, Aiyana Stanley Jones, and so many others who they are killing, so many others who should have had the chance to be in our classrooms, who should have had the chance to simply be.

We write this in solidarity with Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and too many others stolen and gone, too many others who fought for us to be in this privileged place where we still have to fight for justice.

We write this in solidarity with The Combahee River Collective and #BlackLivesMatter who knew and know we have to fight for and love all of us if any one of us is going to survive.

We write this in solidarity with you, Black students, here and elsewhere, and with those on the ground for over 100 days, four and a half hours, two seconds.

The living and the dead. We hear you. We see you.

In our classes we’ll continue to do what we’ve always done: teach about race, anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy. This has and will continue to put us in positions we have to defend. This has and will continue to compromise our jobs, our health, our relationships with other people who profess to be our colleagues. This has and will compromise relationships with partners who tell us with love we need to set better boundaries.

We’re trying.

We study ourselves. We study, we live Black lives. We organize. We strategize. We march. We teach to nurture and resist. We don’t always talk about the letters we write to administrators, the angry emails we send, the committees and task forces we serve on, the department meetings where we question and push for more, the colleagues who question our research, our presence, our skin, our manner of being. We don’t always talk about the weight of pushing for more, more being basic equity, more being the right to exist without explanation or apology, more being the right to love and be loved.

What we do is not enough. It’s never enough, but we’ll keep on. We’ll keep finding ways to do more. For all of us.

We’re supposed to say views expressed herein are ours alone, but we believe that truth to be self-evident.

Some people who share our views will not sign this but they’re still with us. The living and the dead.

We’ve never been alone.

You already know your life matters. Know we’re fighting with you and for you. With all of us. For all of us.

We got you.

We see you. We hear you. We love you.

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Rae Paris, Michigan State University

Django Paris, Michigan State University

Jessica Marie Johnson, Michigan State University

Brian G. Gilmore, Michigan State University

Michael J. Dumas, New York University

Terry Flennaugh, Michigan State University

Tama Hamilton-Wray, Michigan State University

Jeff Wray, Michigan State University

Yomaira Figueroa, Michigan State University

Tacuma Peters, Michigan State University

Michelle A. Purdy, Washington University in St. Louis

Adrienne Dixson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Maisha T. Winn, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dorinda J. Carter Andrews, Michigan State University

Terrion Williamson, Michigan State University

Karla FC Holloway, Duke University

Kiese Laymon, Vassar College

Chezare A. Warren, Michigan State University

Shaun R. Harper, University of Pennsylvania

Adam J. Banks, University of Kentucky

Metta Samá, Salem College

Tamara Butler, Michigan State University

Lisa Ze Winters, Wayne State University

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

Valerie Kinloch, The Ohio State University

Ibram X Kendi, University at Albany-SUNY

NiCole T. Buchanan, Michigan State University

Geneva Smitherman, Michigan State University

Keisha L. Green, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Terah Venzant Chambers, Michigan State University

Glenn Chambers, Michigan State University

David E. Kirkland, New York University

Brittney Cooper, Rutgers University

Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University

Tamura Lomax, Virginia Commonwealth University

Treva Lindsey, The Ohio State University

April Baker-Bell, Michigan State University

Risée Chaderton, Barbados Community College

Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania

Derrais Carter, Portland State University

LaShawn Harris, Michigan State University

Andre E. Johnson, Memphis Theological Seminary

Yaba Blay, Drexel University

Chanequa Walker-Barnes, McAfee School of Theology

Koritha Mitchell, The Ohio State University

Kaila Adia Story, University of Louisville

Charles W. McKinney, Rhodes College

Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Indiana University

Shannon Gibney, Minneapolis Community & Technical College (MCTC)

Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman, Brandeis University

Brian Ragsdale, Walden University

LaGarrett J. King, Clemson University

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., Washington University in St. Louis

Kristal Moore Clemons, Florida A&M University

Tamara Bertrand Jones, Florida State University

Angelyn Mitchell, Georgetown University

Carla A. Jones, Lancaster Bible College at the Center for Urban Theological Studies

Allen J. Green, Sarah Lawrence College

Bianca I Laureano, College of Mount Saint Vincent

Nina A. Nabors, Walden University

Oscar Holmes IV, Rutgers University School of Business

Marisa Parham, Amherst College

Pamela R. Lightsey, Boston University

Erica K. Dotson, Clayton State University

Tamika L. Carey – University at Albany, SUNY

April Langley, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Latish Reed, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Caridad Souza, Colorado State University

Tracie Q. Gilbert, Widener University

Kai M. Green, Northwestern University

Stephanie Troutman, Appalachian State University

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Valerie Bridgeman, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

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Carla Shedd, Columbia University

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Layli Maparyan, Wellesley College

Courtney D. Marshall, University of New Hampshire

Chad Williams, Brandeis University

Uri McMillan, University of California-Los Angeles

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Thadious Davis, University of Pennsylvania

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Noelle Trent, University of Maryland University College

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Tabitha Chester, Denison University

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Michelle Barrett Ferrier, Ohio University

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JoAnne Marie Terrell, Chicago Theological Seminary

Teri McMurtry-Chubb, Mercer University

Shannon J. Miller, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Gail Arthurs Krahenbuhl, Triton College

Elaine Richardson, Ohio State University

Ashante Reese, Rhodes College

Larry Lee Rowley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Teresa Fry Brown, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

Celeste Walley-Jean, Clayton State University

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Queens College, CUNY

Phia S. Salter, Texas A&M University

Deborah E. McDowell, University of Virginia

Tiffany M. Gill, University of Delaware

Wil Gafney, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University

Utz McKnight, University of Alabama

Robin J Hayes, The New School

Robyn Spencer, Lehman College

Sonja Lanehart, University of Texas at San Antonio

Chris Johnson, University of Memphis

Natanya Duncan, Morgan State University

Stephanie Y. Evans, Clark Atlanta University

Hilton Kelly, Davidson College

Ernest L. Gibson III, Rhodes College

LaTasha Levy, University of Virginia

April Warren-Grice, Kansas State University

Erin M. Kerrison, University of Pennsylvania

Elaine Salo, University of Delaware

Relando Thompkins, Oakland University, University of Michigan

James M Jones, University of Delaware

Judith Weisenfeld, Princeton University

Alicia D. Bonaparte, Pitzer College

Candice M. Jenkins, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Barrett Berry, Valparaiso University

Cecilia D. Shelton, Saint Augustine’s University

Leah Gunning Francis, Eden Theological Seminary

Michelle R. Scott, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Saru M. Matambanadzo, Tulane University

Bryana H. French, University of St. Thomas

Kyra D. Gaunt, Baruch College-CUNY

Peggy Jones, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ethan Johnson, Portland State University

Kidada E. Williams, Wayne State University​

Regina N. Bradley, Kennesaw State University

Kelvin C. Black, Hunter College

Tara Betts, Binghamton University

Shawn M. Bediako, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Siobhan Carter-David, Southern Connecticut State University

Walidah Imarisha, Portland State University

Samaa Abdurraqib, University of Southern Maine

Krystal D. Frazier, West Virginia University

Jonterri Gadson, Bloomfield College

Kimberly R. Moffitt, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Sybol Anderson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Stephanie Baker White, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, Quinnipiac University

Araya Debessay, University of Delaware

Anne H. Charity Hudley, The College of William and Mary

Carmen Kynard, John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY

Lisa Green, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Reena Goldthree, Dartmouth College

Trina J. Wright-Dixon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa K. Bates, Portland State University

Ginny M. Jones, Michigan State University

Jacinda Townsend, Indiana University

Simone Browne, The University of Texas at Austin

André Carrington, Drexel University

Lasana Kazembe, University of Illinois at Chicago

Vanessa Siddle Walker, Emory University

Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers, San Diego State University

Tanisha C. Ford, UMass Amherst

Robbin Chapman, Wellesley College

Ellington Graves, Virginia Tech

Russell E. Williams, Wheaton College (MA)

Peter James Hudson, University of California, Los Angeles

Marcus A. Simmons, North Park University

Lanita Jacobs, University of Southern California

Bettina A. Judd, The College of William and Mary

Bianca C. Williams, University of Colorado Boulder

Susana M. Morris, Auburn University

Aisha Durham, University of South Florida

Jillian Carter Ford, Kennesaw State University

Chance W. Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Jennifer M. Wilks, The University of Texas at Austin

Michael Leo Owens, Emory University

Charles H.F. Davis III, University of Pennsylvania

Max Hunter, Seattle Pacific University

Youlanda D.Barber, King Saud University, KSA

Walter D. Greason, Monmouth University

Elizabeth Todd-Breland, University of Illinois at Chicago

Noemi Waight, University at Buffalo

Anthea Butler, University of Pennsylvania

Jemima Pierre, UCLA

Velda R. Love, North Park University – Chicago

Rachel Watkins, American University

Annette Madlock Gatison, Southern Connecticut State University

Beverly J. Moss, The Ohio State University

Shanté Paradigm Smalls, St. John’s University

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Charles Peterson, The College of Wooster

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Joyce E. King, Georgia State University

Herman Beavers, University of Pennsylvania

Ronald Jackson, University of Cincinnati

Clemmie L. Harris, University of Pennsylvania

Victoria A. Chevalier, Medgar Evers College (CUNY)

Leigh Raiford, University of California-Berkeley

Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University

Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania

Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Indiana University

Linda E. Thomas, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Daniel Joseph Lind, Cypress College

Lee H. Butler, Jr., Chicago Theological Seminary

Shelley P. Haley, Hamilton College

Kami Fletcher, Delaware State University

Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Temple University

Gabrielle Foreman, The University of Delaware

Cynthia B. Dillard, The University of Georgia

Michelle Moyd, Indiana University-Bloomington

McKinley E. Melton, Gettysburg College

Akissi Britton, Pace University

Anita August, Sacred Heart University

Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Florida Memorial University

Meredith M. Gadsby, Oberlin College

Jerrell Beckham, Denison University

Jennifer D. Williams, Morgan State University

Angela Ards, Southern Methodist University

Tryan L. McMickens, Suffolk University

Nikki Brown, University of New Orleans

Régine Michelle Jean-Charles, Boston College

Kennetta Hammond Perry, East Carolina University

Elsa Barkley Brown, University of Maryland College Park

Earle J. Fisher, Rhodes College

Donna V. Jones, University of California, Berkeley

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University

Kwame Holmes, University of Colorado-Boulder

Mary Roaf, Northern Arizona University

Daren Graves, Simmons College

Sherrie L. Proctor, Queens College, City University of New York

Brandon R. Byrd, Mississippi State University

Christina Sharpe, Tufts University

Hector F. Myers, Vanderbilt University

Pam Brooks, Oberlin College

Jon A. Yasin, Bergen Community College

Jonathan C. Smith, Saint Louis University

Terri N. Watson, The City College of New York

Gina Athena Ulysse, Wesleyan University

Arnetha F. Ball, Stanford University

Monica L. Miller, Barnard College

Cameron Knight, Carnegie Mellon University

Nikki A. Greene, Wellesley College

Tracey Elaine Hucks, Davidson College

Pero G. Dagbovie, Michigan State University

Marlo D. David, Purdue University

La Mont Terry, Occidental College

Nyasha Grayman-Simpson, Goucher College

Angela R. Logan, The University of Notre Dame

Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland

Jennifer Bloomquist, Gettysburg College

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Florida Atlantic University

David Canton, Connecticut College

George Derek Musgrove, University Maryland Baltimore County

Renee Simms, University of Puget Sound

Patricia Williams Lessane, The College of Charleston

Candace Epps-Robertson, Michigan State University

Lallen T. Johnson, Drexel University

Denisha Jones, Howard University

Artisia Ifabukonla Green, College of William and Mary

Erin Harper, Miami University

Douglas Edward Ramsey, Wesleyan University

Jill M. Humphries, University of Toledo

Conseula Francis, College of Charleston

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Steven Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles

Regina Dixon-Reeves, Chicago State University

Shana L. Redmond, University of Southern California

Jessica Millward, University of California, Irvine

Joyce Ladner, Howard University

Riché Daniel Barnes, Smith College

Daniel White Hodge, North Park University

Mia Charlene White, University of California Santa Barbara

Lisa Harrison, Ohio University

Barbara McCaskill, University of Georgia

Johnny E. Williams, Trinity College

Michelle Rankins, Cuyahoga Community College

Darius Bost, San Francisco State University

Kim F. Hall, Barnard College-Columbia University

Stephen John Quaye, Miami University

Z’étoile Imma, University of Notre Dame

Erica Edwards, UC Riverside

Terry Lindsay, North Park University

Abosede George, Barnard College – Columbia University

Monica Jones, Berea College

Lorenzo DuBois Baber, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Francille Rusan Wilson, University of Southern California

Tracey Lewis-Giggetts, Philadelphia University

Darlene Clark Hine, Northwestern University

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, University of Delaware

Wornie Reed, Virginia Tech

Sarah Haley, University of California-Los Angeles

Elon Dancy II, University of Oklahoma

Robin G. Nelson, Skidmore College

Bernadette M. Gailliard, Rutgers University

Edward A. Scott, Mary Baldwin College

Carl W. Kenney II, University of Missouri

Karen Flynn, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Mahauganee D. Shaw, Miami University

Shawndra Hill, University of Pennsylvania

Maisha I. K. Handy, Interdenominational Theological Center

Christienna Fryar, SUNY Buffalo State

LeConté J. Dill, State University of New York Downstate

Melanie E. Bratcher, The University of Oklahoma

Kevin A. Browne, Syracuse University

Charles R. Lawrence III, University of Hawaii

marcus d. harvey, Baruch College/CUNY

Denise James, University of Dayton

Camille Z. Charles, University of Pennsylvania

Natasha A. Brown, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Shanna L. Smith, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Brandon Hutchinson, Southern Connecticut State University

Rhonda Frederick, Boston College

Whitney Laster Pirtle, University of California, Merced

Aneeka A. Henderson, Amherst College

Ashon Crawley, University of California, Riverside

Dennis Tyler, Fordham University

Nadine Finigan-Carr, University of Maryland – Baltimore

Charles Burks, City College and B.M.C.C.

Chenjerai Kumanyika, Clemson University

Christina M. Grange, Clayton State University

Camika Royal, Loyola University Maryland

Michael C. Lens, University of California Los Angeles

Jean Beaman, Purdue University

Sheree L. Greer, St. Petersburg College

Vida B. Johnson, Georgetown Law

Michael Sterling Burns, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Amber Jean-Marie Pabon, The University of Pittsburgh

Samiya Bashir, Reed College

Michele Elam, Stanford University

Darnell L. Moore, Vassar College

Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi

Reynaldo Anderson Harris, Stowe State University

Nicole Jackson, Bowling Green State University

Patrick Douthit, North Carolina Central University and Duke University

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Claudia B. Isaac, University of New Mexico

Lawrence Ware, Oklahoma State University

Chrystal A. George Mwangi, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Darren Canady, University of Kansas

Randal Maurice Jelks, University of Kansas

Meredith Clark, University of North Texas

Ashley Brown Burns, Amherst College

Dylan C. Penningroth, Northwestern University

Kimberly Y. McCrae, Duke University

Asia Leeds, Spelman College

Michelle Harris, Rochester Institute of Technology

David Evans, Eastern Mennonite University

David Stovall, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ray Jordan, University of Texas at Arlington

KC Williams, Coastal Carolina Community College

Rhondda Robinson Thomas, Clemson University

Tryan L. McMickens, Suffolk University

Tryan L. McMickens, Suffolk University

Danielle M. Wallace, William Paterson University

Maya Corneille, North Carolina A&T State University

Eric Pierson, University of San Diego

Daniel Alexander Jones, Fordham University

Hodari A. Touré, University of California at Berkeley

Roxana Walker-Canton, film professor

Aimee Meredith Cox, Fordham University

Dexter Blackman, Loyola Marymount University

Brendesha Tynes, University of Southern California

Alisha Gaines, Florida State University

Tennille Allen, Lewis University

Bertin M. Louis, Jr., The University of Tennessee

Chris Tinson, Hampshire College

Marissa Jackson, New York University School of Law

Ebony M. Duncan, Washington University in St. Louis

Grisel Y. Acosta, Bronx Community College–City University of New York

Allyson Hobbs, Stanford University

Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland

Marini C. Lee, Michigan State University

Rodney D. Coates, Miami University

LaShay Harvey Jones, University of Baltimore

Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA

Matthew J. Countryman, University of Michigan

Nadia E. Brown, Purdue University

Brandon K. Winford, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Chris Massenburg, Saint Augustine’s University

Lillie Johnson Edwards, Drew University

Artress Bethany White, Carson-Newman University

Sabrina Pendergrass, University of Virginia

Angela James, Loyola Marymount University

Nzadi Keita, Ursinus College

Vanessa M. Holden, Michigan State University

Anthony Ratcliff, California State University, Northridge

Yvonne Davis Frear, San Jacinto College

Kerrita K. Mayfield, UMass Amherst

David Haynes, SMU

Deanna Hence, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Stephanie Shonekan, University of Missouri

Gayle T. Tate, Rutgers University

Dania V. Francis, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ula Taylor, University of California, Berkeley

Carla Janáe Brown, Arizona State University

James Braxton Peterson, Lehigh University

Walton Muyumba, Indiana University

Nikky Finney, University of South Carolina

Vernon C. Mitchell, Jr., Princeton University

Angela Jackson-Brown, Ball State University

Lisa L. Thompson, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez, University of Texas, Austin

John B. Diamond, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Shawn Arango Ricks, Winston-Salem State University

Lynn A. Hampton, Texas Christian University

Regina Shands Stoltzfus, Goshen College

Tina L. Ligon, Howard Community College

LaGuana K. Gray, University of Texas at San Antonio

Cynthia A. Tyson, The Ohio State University

Robin R. Ford, Queensborough Community College/CUNY

Zakiya Brown, Rollins College

Tiyi M. Morris, Ohio State University

Leonard L. Brown, Northeastern University

Françoise N. Hamlin, Brown University

Collin Craig, St. Johns University

Velda R. Love, North Park Theological Seminary

Treasure Shields Redmond, Southwestern Illinois College

Kevin Lyles, University of Illinois at Chicago

Joanne Braxton, College of William and Mary

Jasmine Harris-LaMothe, Ursinus College

Deborah J. Johnson, Michigan State University

Jackie Jordan Irvine, Emory University

Lynette D. Nickleberry, Stephens College

Manya Whitaker, Colorado College

Lisa Crooms-Robinson, Howard University School of Law

Emmett G. Price III, Northeastern University

Ray Black, Colorado State University

Yasser Arafat Payne, University of Delaware

Amina Wadud, Professor Emeritus

Steve Locke, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Tarshia L. Stanley, Spelman College

Tobias Wofford, Santa Clara University

Terri N. Watson, The City College of New York / CUNY

Shannon King, College of Wooster

Trica Danielle Keaton, Vanderbilt University

Donna Akiba Sullivan Harper, Spelman College

Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University

Carter Mathes, Rutgers University

Nick Mitchell, UC Riverside

Natasha Lightfoot, Columbia University

Helen Neville, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Evelyn M. Simien, University of Connecticut

Benita J. Barnes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Victor Erik Ray, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Heidi R. Lewis, Colorado College

Amber A. Hewitt, University of Akron

Bettina Love, University of Georgia​

Melynda J. Price, University of Kentucky

David B. Miller, Case Western Reserve University

Angela K. Lewis, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Melanye White Dixon, The Ohio State University

Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, University of Nebraska At Omaha

April Thames, PhD – University of California Los Angeles

Pearl K. Dowe, University of Arkansas

Leigh-Anne Francis, SUNY Oneonta

Menna Demessie, University of California Washington Center

Cynthia Oliver, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Glenn Bracey, Hollins University

Natalie Bullock Brown, Saint Augustine’s University

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, University of California, Los Angeles

Stanlie M. James, Arizona State University

Kevin Cokley, University of Texas at Austin

Christina Jones Davis, Christian Theological Seminary

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University

Robert A. Bellinger, Suffolk University

Marcia Chatelain, Georgetown University

Vincent Brown, Harvard University

Colette Cann, Vassar College

 Darrell Cleveland Hucks, Keene State College

 Zaire Dinzey, Rutgers University

Emmitt Y. Riley III, Coahoma Community College

Louis B. Ward, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Catherine R. Squires, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Lisa Brock, Kalamazoo College

Jennifer L. Morgan, New York University

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College

Heather Z. Lyons, Loyola University Maryland

Quincy Mills, Vassar College

Sara E. Johnson, UC San Diego

Janaka B. Lewis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Damon J. Bullock, Western New Mexico University

Joycelyn Landrum-Brown, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Stacy Williams, Marist College

Constance Bailey, University of Southern Mississippi

Wahneema Lubiano, Duke University

Courtney J. Patterson, Beloit College

Therí Pickens, Bates College

Akinyele Umoja, Georgia State University

Ashley N. Woodson, University of Pittsburgh

Maxine McKinney de Royston, University of California, Berkeley

 Russell Rickford, Cornell University

Melina Abdullah, California State University, Los Angeles

Amilcar Shabazz, University of Massachusetts

Billye Sankofa Waters, Northeastern University

Shane’a Thomas, University of Southern California

Reginold A. Royston, Williams College

Beverly Wallace, Shaw University Divinity School

Mariana Souto-Manning, Teachers College, Columbia University

Margaret Aymer, Interdenominational Theological Center

Karen L. Mapp, Harvard University

Luis Inoa, SUNY, New Paltz

Imani M. Cheers, The George Washington University

Toni Moore, Esquire, Eastern University

John Edwin Mason, Department of History

T.J. Tallie, Washington and Lee University

Tara T. Green, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Joshua Guild, Princeton University

Wadiya Udell, University of Washington, Bothell

Cirecie West-Olatunji, University of Cincinnati

Diana I. Williams, University of Southern California

Sherwin K. Bryant, Northwestern University

Jeremy Harper, Boise State University

Thema Bryant-Davis, Pepperdine University

Jervette R. Ward, University of Alaska Anchorage

Pamela Greene, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Albert R. Lee, University of Nevada, Reno

Danielle C. Heard, University of California, Davis

Angela N. Booker, UC San Diego

Lucy M. Brown, University of Arkansas

Arthé Anthony, Occidental College

Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Brandeis University

Carolyn Finney, University of California, Berkeley

 Christi Griffin, St. Louis University

Rasul A. Mowatt, Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington

Lynnette Mawhinney, The College of New Jersey

Jerome E. Morris, The University of Georgia

Piper Anderson, New York University

Kimberleigh Jordan, Union Theological Seminary

Christopher M. Himes, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Carol E. Henderson, University of Delaware

Brian Purnell, Bowdoin College

Marc Lamont Hill, Morehouse College

Dean Brandi P. Jones, Princeton University

Angela D. Sims, Saint Paul School of Theology

Brandon K. Winford, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kevin A. Browne, Syracuse University

Louis, C. Glover, University of Tennessee at Martin

Anna Haskins, Cornell University

Austin Dorell Jackson, Michigan State University

Veronica T. Watson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Lynn Roberts, CUNY School of Public Health

Joy Barnes-Johnson, University of Wyoming

Vershawn Ashanti Young, University of Waterloo, Canada

Shawn Anthony Christian, Wheaton College (MA)

Anita M. DeRouen, Millsaps College

Giselle Corbie-Smith, UNC-Chapel Hill

 Anna S. Agbe-Davies, UNC-Chapel Hill

Benita J. Barnes, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ryan Sharp, Huston-Tillotson University

 Leslie Patrick, Bucknell University

Natasha L. McPherson, Wright State University

Angela D. Dillard, University of Michigan

Laura Rosanne Adderley, Tulane University

Khary Polk, Amherst College

Clarissa Peterson, DePauw University

Kenneth Maurice Tyler, University of Kentucky

Amorie Robinson, Michigan School of Professional Psychology

Dolita Cathcart, Wheaton College, Massachusetts

Michael Leslie, University of Florida

Rosa L. Rivera-McCutchen, Lehman College CUNY

Gwendolyn D. Pough, Syracuse University

Rhunette C. Diggs, Columbus State Community College

Matthew Oware, DePauw University

Peony Fhagen, Wheaton College, MA

Melvin Hill, University of Tennessee, Martin

Fanon Che Wilkins, Doshisha University Kyoto, Japan

Nicole A. Spiner, Vanderbilt University

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Aida Levy-Hussen, University of Wisconsin-Madison

James Taylor, University of California, Berkeley

Curtis Phills, University of North Florida

Maurice Jackson, Georgetown University

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Julia M. Speller, Chicago Theological Seminary

Sakina Mariam Hughes, University of Southern Indiana

Vanessa Washington, Concordia University Portland

Martin Summers, Boston College

Jennifer Cobbina, Michigan State University

Joseph B. Richardson, Jr., University of Maryland at College Park

Marguerita Lightfoot, University of California, San Francisco

Angela J. Davis, American University Washington College of Law

Tamora  A. Callands, University of Georgia

Oveta Fuller, University of Michigan

Jessica Kenyatta Walker, The University of Maryland, College Park

Andreana Clay, San Francisco State University

Sheretta T. Butler-Barnes, Washington University in St. Louis

Casey Goldston Giraudy, University of South Carolina

Ralina L. Joseph, University of Washington

Monica L. Ridgeway, Niagara County Community College

Yvette Murphy-Erby, University of Arkansas

Nancy Lynne Westfield, Drew Theological School

Frances Jones-Sneed, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Carol Anderson, Emory University

Paulette Patterson Dilworth,  Auburn University

Nadia L. Ward, Yale University School of Medicine

Leslie R. Hinkson, Georgetown University

Chrystal S. Johnson, Purdue University

Shirley Thompson, The University of Texas at Austin

Dana Griffin, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Erin D. Chapman, George Washington University

Nikki Jones, University of California, Berkeley

Nadine Golly, Leuphana University of Lueneburg, Germany

Monica A. Coleman, Claremont School of Theology

Carol E. Henderson, University of Delaware

Dawne Y. Curry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lisa M. Allen-McLaurin, The Interdenominational Theological Center

Stephanie Jones-Rogers, University of California, Berkeley

Ousmane Power-Greene, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Leonard Foy, DePauw University

 Dominick N. Quinney, Albion College

Brenda V. Smith, American University, Washington College of Law

Robin Lin Miller, Michigan State University

Barbara Thelamour, The College of Wooster

Sharon L. Bethea, Northeastern Illinois University

Vanessa Agard-Jones, Yale University

Blane Harding, University of Kansas

Scott Hancock, Gettysburg College

Charles P. Henry, University of California-Berkeley

Kathleen Fearn-Banks, University of Washington

Nadia Williams, New School University

Nina Angela Mercer, Medgar Evers College, City University of New York

Olivia Perlow, Northeastern Illinois University

Janean E. Dilworth-Bart, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Karen Powell Sears, Denison University

Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University

Sylvie Taylor, Antioch University Los Angeles

 Donna J. Nicol, California State University Fullerton

JaMuir Robinson, Walden University

Robin R. Means Coleman, University of Michigan

Felicia D. Blakeney, Northern Virginia Community College

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Yolanda Ogbolu, University of Maryland

Anne R. Simpson, University of New Mexico

Jennifer DeVere Brody, Stanford University

Monika R. Alston-Miller, University of Central Arkansas

Janelle Dance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln & Lund University-Sweden

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Joseph S. Flipper, Bellarmine University

Deborah A. Thomas, University of Pennsylvania

Nzingha S. Dugas, University of California, Berkeley

Henryatta Ballah, Oberlin College

Stanford C. Traywick, Roosevelt University

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Joy Williamson-Lott, University of Washington

Sami Schalk, University at Albany, SUNY

Jerome Branche, University of Pittsburgh

Stephen C. Finley, Louisiana State University

Toby Sisson, Clark University (Massachusetts)

Bernadette M. Gailliard, Rutgers University

Lynnell L. Thomas, University of Massachusetts Boston

Dorinda Booker Rolle, University of Texas at San Antonio

Yvonne Daniel, Smith College

Alexes Harris, Department of Sociology

M. Trotman, Mercy College, St. Francis College & Pace University, New York

Karin L. Stanford, California State University, Northridge

John W. Miller Jr., University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Chante’ D. DeLoach, Santa Monica College

Celia E. Naylor, Barnard College, Columbia University

Justin Emeka, Oberlin College

Lucius T. Outlaw (Jr.), Vanderbilt University

Grace Livingston, University of Puget Sound

 Beverly M. John, Chicago State University

Birgitta J. Johnson, University of South Carolina

Patricia Reid-Merritt, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

 Shawnrece D. Miller-Campbell, Stetson University

Daniel McSpadden, Ivy Tech College

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Martinique Perkins Waters, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Sherwin K. Bryant, Northwestern University

Troy D. Harden, Chicago State University

Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar, University of Connecticut

 Mary Phillips, Lehman College, City University of New York

Denise A. Harrison, Kent State University

Amoaba Gooden, Kent State University

Myra S. Washington, University of New Mexico

Gretchen Givens Generett, Duquesne University

Julie Iromuanya, Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL

Dexter B. Gordon, University of Puget Sound

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Edward Onaci, Ursinus College

Anna Madison, University of Massachusetts Boston

Christina Campbell, Southern Illinois University

Jamal Martin, University of New Mexico

Cara Stanley, U.C. Berkeley

Zeinabu irene Davis, University of California, San Diego

Thomas B. Slater, Mercer University

Michael A. Gomez, New York University

James E. Walton, Fresno State

Ericka J. Fisher, College of the Holy Cross

Crystal Boson, Oregon State University

Prudence L. Carter, Stanford University

Vanessa K. Valdés, The City College of New York-CUNY

Wardell Johnson, Eastern Kentucky University

Buffie Longmire-Avital, Elon University

Vanessa D. Dickerson, DePauw University

Olubukola A. Gbadegesin, Saint Louis University

Jeannette Eileen Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sonja M. Brown Givens, Medaille College

Joi D. Lewis, University of St. Thomas

Nichole Phillips, University of Mary Washington

Gwendolyn L Harris, Rutgers University-Camden

Nwando Achebe, Michigan State University

Folu Ogundimu, Michigan State University

Jori L. Moore, Ivy Tech State College

Sharon Lambert, The George Washington University

Miriam Thaggert, University of Iowa

Linda James Myers, Ohio State University

 Shona Tucker, Vassar College

Allyson L. Watson, Northeastern State University

Jared Sexton, University of California, Irvine

Nichole R. Phillips, Emory University

Leslie I. Hill, Bates College

Donnetrice Allison, Richard Stockton College

Justin Wilkes, University of Mary Washington

 Karanja Keita Carroll, SUNY New Paltz

Christopher C. Jett, University of West Georgia

Valerie N. Adams-Bass, Arcadia University

Daphne Lamothe, Smith College

Jessica E. Birch, Indiana University South Bend

Rosamond S. King, Brooklyn College (City University of New York)

Phanuel Antwi, University of British Columbia

Tina Fakhrid-Deen, Oakton Community College

Valerie C. Cooper, Duke Divinity School

Natalie Graham, California State University, Fullerton

Kevin K. Gaines, University of Michigan

Jevon D. Hunter, The State University of New York, Buffalo State

Tyrone Simpson, Vassar College

Anastasia M. Boles, University of Arkansas Little Rock

Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University

Erica L. Ball, California State University, Fullerton

Darieck Scott, University of California, Berkeley

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Deidre Hill Butler, Union College

Thanayi Jackson, San Jose State University

Jeanine M. Staples, The Pennsylvania State University

Nicole N. Aljoe, Northeastern University

Diane Harriford, Vassar College

Phylissa Mitchell, Washington & Lee School of Law

Janine Sanders Jones, University of St. Thomas

Wayne Morleand, Queens College, CUNY

DeMarquis Clarke, Seton Hill University

Theresa M. Davis, University of Virginia

Kenneth N. Ngwa, Drew Theological School

Donald Mitchell, Jr., Grand Valley State University

Ahmad A. Rahman, University of Michigan in Dearborn

Monica R. Miller, Lehigh University

Lauren J. Gunn, Teachers College, Columbia University

Gabrielle Civil,  Antioch College

Marta Alaina Holliday, Alabama State University

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Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts

Rashida L. Harrison, Michigan State University

Tawanda M. Greer, University of South Carolina

Bill Gaskins, Cornell University

Cheryl Dune, San Francisco State University

Jioni Lewis, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Sharon Elise, California State University San Marcos

Atira Cherise Charles, Florida A&M University

Patrick Y. Charles, Tallahassee Community College

Nick Daily, Antioch College

Erika C. Bullock, University of Memphis

Manoucheka Celeste, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Angelique V. Nixon, The University of the West Indies

Lisa L. Moore, Boston University School of Social Work

William Darity Jr, Duke University

 Patricia Powell, Mills College

Starr E. Keyes, Bowling Green State University

Malik S. Henfield, University of Iowa

Robin Brooks, University of South Florida

Darron T. Smith, University Tennessee Health Science Center

Keith Mayes, University of Minnesota

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Columbia University

Veta Tucker, Grand Valley State University

Dalton Anthony Jones, Bowling Green State University

Tony Gaskew, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford

Bedford Palmer II, University of San Francisco

Mark A. Miller, Drew University

Amy Abugo Ongiri, Lawrence University

Kellie Carter Jackson, Hunter College, CUNY

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Phillipe Copeland, Boston University

Mary Phillips, Lehman College, City University of New York

Deborah Jewell-Sherman, Harvard University

Rucker C. Johnson, UC-Berkeley

adolphus g. belk, jr., Winthrop University

Adriane Lentz-Smith, Duke University

Rochelle Brock, Indiana University Northwest

Julian Kunnie, The University of Arizona

Mark Christian, Lehman College, City University of New York

Jennifer A. Jones, University of Notre Dame

Alfred W. Tatum, University of Illinois at Chicago

Brandon E. Gamble, California State University Long Beach

Kareema J. Gray, Winthrop University

Kris Sealey, Fairfield University

Angela Stephens McIntosh, San Diego State University

Regis Mann, Florida Atlantic University

Dwayne C. Wright, Messiah College

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Patricia Williams Lessane, The College of Charleston

Maya Gibson, University of Missouri

Keisha Farmer-Smith, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Nicole Ivy, Indiana University

Renée M. Byrd, Humboldt State University

Tina K. Sacks, University of California-Berkeley

Bernadette A. O’Leary, CSU, Long Beach & Santa Monica College

Kim Searcy, Loyola University Chicago

Zebulon V. Miletsky, (SUNY) Stony Brook University

Jessica Graham, UCSD

Gholnecsar Muhammad, Georgia State University

Duchess Harris, Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota

Alexander G. Weheliye, Northwestern University

Diane C. Gooding, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Huberta Jackson-Lowman, Florida A&M University

Tina Opie, Babson College

Ifeoma Amah, The University of Texas at Arlington

 Letrell Deshan Crittenden, Robert Morris University (Pittsburgh)

Kathryn R. Dungy, Saint Michael’s College

Brian L. McGowan, Indiana State University

Joan Marie Blakey, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Courtney A. Henderson, University of Miami

Hank Williams, Lehman College, CUNY

Melanie E. Bratcher, University of Oklahoma

Tony Bolden, University of Kansas

 Nia Witherspoon, Arizona State University

Shurita Thomas-Tate, Missouri State University

Aisha Dixon-Peters, University of La Verne

Norweeta Milburn, University of California at Los Angeles

LaToya E. Eaves, Florida International University

Enid Logan, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Elisa Joy White, University of California at Davis

Arlene R. Keizer, University of California, Irvine

Marcia Y. Riggs, Columbia Theological Seminary

Bel Kambach, St. Cloud State University

Barbara Wallace, Teachers College Columbia University

Angela D. Sims, Saint Paul School of Theology

Adia Benton, Brown University

Patricia Herring Jackson, Michigan State University

Lori S. Wilson, Virginia Commonwealth University

Angela Hennessy, California College of the Arts

April Peters-Hawkins, University of Georgia

Billy Hawkins, University of Georgia

Nikki M. Taylor, Texas Southern University

Louis Prisock, Rutgers University

Clenora Hudson-Weems, University of Missouri-Columbia

Faith Smith, Brandeis University

Kimberly McClain DaCosta, New York University

Dafina-Lazarus Stewart, Bowling Green State University

Rachelle J. Brunn-Bevel, Fairfield University

Herbert R. Marbury, Vanderbilt University

Felicia Moore Mensah, Teachers College, Columbia University

Amber Jamilla Musser, Washington University in St. Louis

Michael E. Connor, Cal State University, Alliant International University

Gillian U. Bayne, Lehman College of CUNY

Jené Schoenfeld. Kenyon College

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt, University of Virginia

Maurice Wallace, University of Virginia

Daniel L. Hollar, Florida A&M University

Jerma A. Jackson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ersula Ore, Arizona State University

David F. Green Jr., Howard University

David Todd Lawrence, University of St. Thomas (MN)

Jedidah Isler, Syracuse University

Nichelle Carpenter, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lisa B. Thompson, University of Texas, Austin

Yolanda Vivian Williams, Eastern Illinois University

Bianca J. Baldridge, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Shaundra Myers, Northwestern University

Gaye Theresa Johnson, University of California at Santa Barbara

Reality S. Canty, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ramona J. Bell, Humboldt

Javon Johnson, San Francisco State University

Courtney L. Francis, Northeastern Illinois University

Jeanine Ntihirageza, Northeastern Illinois University

William Trent, University of Illinois

Valerie Miles-Tribble, American Baptist Seminary-Graduate Theological Union

 Olon F. Dotson, Ball State University

Nicole Higgins, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Isaiah M. Wooden, Georgetown University

Leonard Jones, Western Washington University

Lakeyta M. Bonnette, Georgia State University

Shannen Dee Williams, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Conrad W. Worrill, Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Keona K. Ervin, University of Missouri-Columbia

David Wall Rice, Morehouse College

La Marr Jurelle Bruce, University of Maryland, College Park

Tiffany G. Porter, Case Western Reserve University

Krissie R. Harris, Oakton Community College

Sharon Lane-Getaz, St. Olaf College

Jacqueline Mattis, University of Michigan

Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, Temple University

Jonathan Tazewell, Kenyon College

Dexter Blackman, Loyola Marymount University

Angela K. Lewis, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Genna Rae McNeil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Michelle V. Rowley, University of Maryland, College Park

Robert Trent Vinson, The College of William and Mary

Glenn McNair, Kenyon College

Annette Henry, University of British Columbia

Gwendolyn Webb-Hasan, Texas A&M University

Julia S. Jordan-Zachery, Providence College

Anthony Reed, Yale University

Jennifer Freeman Marshall, Purdue University

Theodore O. Mason, Jr., Kenyon College

Aldo Billingslea, Santa Clara University

Kwesi Craig C. Brookins, NC State University

Ric Sheffield, Kenyon College

Alecia Anderson, University of Nebraska Omaha

Jalen Alexander, Wesleyan University

Steven Waller, The University of Tennessee

Howard Pinderhughes, University of California, San Francisco

 Hewlet G. McFarlane, Kenyon College

Melissane Parm Schrems, St. Lawrence University

Bernard Hall, West Chester University

Charles L. Taylor, University of Michigan

Mark Anthony Gooden, The University of Texas-Austin

Ennis B. Edmonds, Kenyon College

Regina Freer, Occidental College

Brenna Wynn Greer, Wellesley College

Adanna J. Johnson-Evans, Loyola University Maryland

Erica Turner, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Idia Thurston, University of Memphis

Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Armstrong State University, Savanna, GA

Ivan Evans, University of California San Diego

Ella Turenne, Occidental College, University of Southern California

Ebonierose Wade, Howard University

Sue E. Houchins, Bates College

Tabitha Grier-Reed, University of Minnesota

Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University

Andrea Alston Roberts, University of Virginia

Danelle Stevens-Watkins, University of Kentucky

Mariann Weierich, The City University of New York

Jackie Graves, Laney College

Kimberly D. Blockett, Penn State University – Brandywine

Lisa A. Ellis, Baruch College, CUNY

Michael O. West, Binghamton University

Reginald L. Sanders, Kenyon College

Peggy Cooper Davis, New York University

Julie Lewis, De Anza College

Lance T. McCready, University of Toronto

Steven N. Waller, The University of Tennessee

Tyrone C. Howard, University of California, Los Angeles

Damien Sojoyner, Scripps College

Ekow N. Yankah, Cardozo School of Law

Lillie R. Albert, Boston College

 Mark Broomfield, State University of New York at Geneseo

Tracey West, Boston College Law School

Liz Piatt, Hiram College

Tera W. Hunter, Princeton University

Karen K. Miller, History, Boston College

Monique Lane, Teachers College, Columbia University

Terry Ann Smith, New Brunswick Theological Seminary

Joseph Maldonado, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Joyce M. Bell, University of Pittsburgh

D Ed Bell, Jr., California College Of The Arts

Michelle D. Holmes, Harvard University

Jasmin A. Young, Rutgers University

Kimberley C. Bassett, University of Virginia

Chasity Bailey-Fakhoury, Grand Valley State University

Nicole Truesdell, Beloit College

Steed Davidson, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Courtney Desiree Morris, The Pennsylvania State University

 Patricia S. Parker, UNC-Chapel Hill

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Brown University

Wilbrod M. Madzura, Normandale College, Bloomington, Minnesota

Jorge Serrano, faculty at University of Delaware

Detra Price-Dennis, Teachers College, Columbia University

Logan D. A. Williams, Michigan State University

Dawn R. Johnson, Syracuse University

Thomas F. DeFrantz, Duke University

Betty Wambui, State University of New York at Oneonta

Lloyd Sheldon Johnson, Bunker Hill Community College

Daryl M. Rowe, Pepperdine University

Qiana M. Cutts, Kennesaw State University

Theopia R. Jackson, Saybrook University

 Jane Okech, University of Vermont

JoAnne Banks, Winston-Salem State University

Lynn R. Johnson, Dickinson College

Harriette Richard, Johnson C. Smith University

Marla H. Kohlman, Kenyon College​

Boatema Boateng, University of California San Diego

Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Dominican University

Reshawna Chapple, University of Central Florida

Azizi Arrington-Bey, Indiana State University

Nicole A. LaRonde, University of Maryland, College Park

Alexandra Cornelius, Florida International University

LaShawnDa Pittman, University of Washington

Mari Ann Roberts, Clayton State University

Zandria F. Robinson, University of Memphis

Johnny Jones, University of Louisville

Sylvie Coulibaly, Kenyon College

Jessica J. Williams, University of San Diego

Vincent C. Flewellen, Washington University in St. Louis

Fola Odebunmi, Cypress College

Jafari Sinclaire Allen, Yale University

Keisha N. Blain, The Pennsylvania State University

Jenice L. View, Associate Professor, George Mason University

Sabin P. Duncan, Hampton University

Marlene F Watson, Drexel University

Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Western Carolina University

Evelyn Aniton McDowell, Rider University

Anthony E. Cook, Georgetown Law Center

Osamudia R. James, University of Miami

Laura Kohn-Wood, University of Miami

Barbara Harris Combs, University of Mississippi

Berlinda Thompson, Columbia College Chicago

Richard J. Reddick, The University of Texas at Austin

Enobong Hannah Branch, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Siobhan E. Smith, University of Louisville

 Mark A. Hicks, Meadville Lombard Theological School

Darnell Hunt, UCLA

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Brilliance Remastered

Donette Francis, University of Miami

Love L. Sechrest Institution: Fuller Theological Seminary

Charles W. Mills, Northwestern University

Bryan Carter, University of Arizona

Tracy Curtis, University of Wisconsin—Madison

Renée M. Baron, The Juilliard School

Makeda Best, California College of the Arts

Naima N Lowe, The Evergreen State College

Lovaerie King, Penn State University

Rodmon King, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Mark C. Hopson, George Mason University

Crystal R. Sanders, Pennsylvania State University

Iset Anuakan, CSU Dominguez Hills

Brenda H. Leake, The College of New Jersey

Regine O. Jackson, Agnes Scott College

Carl Redwood, University of Pittsburgh

Wytress Richardson, National Louis University

Vincene Verdun, The Ohio State University

Susan Tomlinson, University of Massachusetts Boston

Renee Ater, University of Maryland

Walter C. Rucker, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Renee Alexander Craft, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Patricia A. Edwards, Michigan State University

Fritz. G. Polite, Shenandoah University

Sasha-Mae Ecclesto, Pomona College

Kimberly Jade Norwood, Washington University School of Law

Ronald W. Whitaker, II Lancaster Bible College/Center for Urban Theological Studies

Ronald Williams II, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tara L. Parker, University of Massachusetts Boston

Danice L.  Brown, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Adanma Onyedike Barton, Berea College

Peyibomi Soyinka-Airewele, Ithaca College

Dominique Rivière, University of Toronto

Stefan M. Bradley, Saint Louis University

Benedicte Boisseron, The University of Montana

Zakiya R. Adair, University of Missouri

Keith Howard, Chapman University

Toni Stokes Jones, Eastern Michigan University

Dana K. Harmon, University of West Alabama

Donna M Cox, University of a Dayton (OH)

Vernellia R. Randall, University of Dayton

Tikenya Foster-Singletary, Spelman College

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Christopher Chambers, Northeastern University

Johanna Foster, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Linda Strong-Leek, Berea College

Geoffrey Habron, Warren Wilson College

Kimberly R. King, California State University, Los Angeles

Rhonda V. Magee, University of San Francisco, University of California, Berkeley

Obie Ford III, Warren Wilson College

Kathy W. Bullock, Berea College

John Keene, Rutgers University-Newark

Nancy L Copeland, Eastern Michigan University

Gail A. Burton, Emerson College, Bunker Hill Community College, Roxbury Community College

Candace Taylor, Warren Wilson College

Denise Davis-Maye, Auburn University Montgomery

Learotha Williams, Jr., Tennessee State University

Celeste Atkins, Cochise College

Charles Taylor, Edgewood College

Leroy Davis, Emory University

Trimiko Melancon, Loyola University New Orleans

Denise Davis-Maye, Auburn University Montgomery

Cheryl Render Brown, Wheelock College

Christopher Stackhouse, Maryland Institute College of Art

Kip Thompson, Harvard Medical School

LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis, Paine College

Tonya E. Perry, Alabama A & M University

Melencia Johnson, University of South Carolina, Aiken

Veta Goler, Spelman College

Tamiko Ambrose Murray, University of North Carolina-Asheville

Mike Funk, New York University

Jacqueline C. Woodfork, Whitman College

Brooke Vick, Whitman College

Joseph f. Jordan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lynne St. Clair Darden, Interdenominational Theological Center

Chy Sprauve, Lehman College

Cedric M. Bright, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Ayesha Hardison, Ohio University

Kecia Brown McManus, Bridgewater State University

Nina I. Buxenbaum, York College, CUNY

Ron L. Collins Sr., Coppin State University

Michael O. Hardimon, UCSD

Charles Denton Johnson, Lane College

Felicity A. Crawford, Wheelock College, Boston

Jim C. Harper, II, North Carolina Central University

Vivian H. Jackson, Georgetown University

Jim C. Harper, II, North Carolina Central University

Hasan Kwame Jeffries, The Ohio State University

Dorothy E. Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

Terence Oliver, UNC-Chapel Hill

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

O’Rese J. Knight, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Deborah L. Stroman, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Kristie Dotson, Michigan State University

Sherry K. Watt, University of Iowa

 Frank Ward, The University of Akron

Erika D. Walker, University of California, Berkeley

Susan Prattis, American University of Beirut

Martina L. Sharp-Grier, Stark State College

James W. Coleman, University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill

Amelia N. Gibson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Marva Mizell Price, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Robert L. Canida, II, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Tanya L. Shields, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Rima Vesely-Flad, Warren Wilson College

Donna Hunter, Stanford University

Afia Ofori-Mensa, Oberlin College

Jesse Tauriac, Lasell College

Grisha Coleman, Arizona State University

Nicole A. McFarlane, Fayetteville State University

Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, University of Texas at Austin

Ginetta E.B. Candelario, Smith College

Jewel Younge, City Colleges of Chicago, Olive Harvey College

Sharon P. Holland, UNC – Chapel Hill

Brenda D. Lakin, California State University, Northridge

Eileen R. Carlton Parsons, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jody Lynn Allen, College of William and Mary

Kimberly C. Ellis, Dr. Goddess Arts, Education and Management

Christopher B. Newman, University of San Diego

Phyllis J. Jackson, Pomona College

Wendy R. White, De Anza College

Lolita C. Boykin, Southeastern Louisiana University

Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, University of California, Irvine

Vaun Monroe, Columbia College Chicago

Margaret Washington, Cornell University

Denise Troutman, Michigan State University

Charlie Wilson, Olivet College

Ayanah Moor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sharri L. Coleman, University of Oklahoma

Mary Crawford, Knox College

Daphne Henderson, The University of Tennessee at Martin

Jessie LaFrance Dunbar, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Charnetta Gadling-Cole, Alabama A&M University

Melissa Asher Daniels, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Melanie Moses, University of New Mexico

Tami “Sunnie” Foy, California State University, Fullerton

Shirley Moody-Turner, Pennsylvania State University

Marva L. Lewis, Tulane University School of Social Work

Nola Butler Byrd, San Diego State University

Teresa A. Bingman, Western Michigan University​

 Phillip D. Johnson, Western Michigan University

 Jill Rowe, Western Michigan University

Hakim Mohandas Amani Williams, Gettysburg College

Ishan C. Williams, University of Virginia

Derick J. Williams, University of Virginia

Patrice Preston Grimes, University of Virginia

Keffrelyn D. Brown, The University of Texas at Austin

Jesse Mills, University of San Diego

Safiya Umoja Noble, UCLA

Sonya Gunnings-Moton, Michigan State University

Yasser Arafat Payne, University of Delaware

Elaine Salo, University of Delaware

Natalie P. Byfield, St. John’s University

Artisia Green, College of William and Mary

Monica D. Griffin, College of William and Mary

Stephanie Smallwood, University of Washington

Rashidah Jaami` Muhammad, Governors State University in Illinois

Anthony Q. Hazard Jr., Santa Clara University

Mari Morales-Williams, Temple University

Jabari Asim, Emerson College

Courtney D. Cogburn, Columbia University

Isis H. Settles, Michigan State University

Kira Hudson Banks, Saint Louis University

Shauna M. Cooper, University of South Carolina

Tracy R. Butts, California State University, Chico

Athena D. Mutua, University at Buffalo

Catherine L. Adams, Paine College

Lawanda Cummings, Paine College

Bryan N. Massingale, Marquette University

Jeffrey Coleman, Marquette University

Camille T. Dungy, Colorado State University

Marcia L. Williams, Marquette University

Nandi Sojourner Crosby, California State University, Chico

Tray Robinson, California State University, Chico

Louis Philippe Römer, New York University

Yvonne Jefferson Atkinson, Mt. San Jacinto College

Robin Mitchell, DePaul University

Courtney S. Thomas, University of Kentucky

Angelique C. Harris, Marquette University

Angela K. Guy-Lee, Ferris State University

Gary Bailey, Simmons College

LaDonna L Christian, Simmons College

Janie Victoria Ward, Simmons College

Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Simmons College

Mildred C Joyner, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Aerika S. Brittian, University of Illinois at Chicago

Renee M. Cunningham-Williams, Washington University in St. Louis

Dawn Thurman, Morgan State University

Charles E. Walker, Jr., New England School of Law, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Andreana Clay, San Francisco State University

Tanya L. Sharpe, University of Maryland

Anthony T. Estreet, Morgan State University

Robin Alva Marcus, George Washington University

Daphne Muse, Mills College

Karla Zelaya, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Claire Andrade-Watkins, Emerson College

Theresa Perry, Simmons College

Emily Raboteau, City College of New York

Yasmiyn Irizarry, University of Texas at Austin

Steven C. Sims, Francis Marion University

Salome Raheim, University of Connecticut

Nell Painter, Princeton University

William H.L. (Bill) Dorsey, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Russell W. Irvine, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

Kenja R. McCray, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

AnneMarie Mingo, Pennsylvania State University

Gina Miranda Samuels, University of Chicago

Branden A. McLeod, University of Maryland

Wendy Shaia, University of Maryland

James (Ike) Adams, University of Kentucky

Beverly C. Sealey, Simmons College

Paula Marie Seniors, Virginia Tech

Carla Goar, Kent State University

Jo-Anna L. Rorie, Simmons College

Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, Washington University in St. Louis

Claudine Michel, University of California, Santa Barbara

Edgar Barron, Azusa Pacific University

Devon Brooks, University of Southern California

Krystal Strong, University of Pennsylvania

Theresa Flowers, Adelphi University

Dawoud Bey, Columbia College Chicago

Beverly Ann Davenport, University of North Texas

Claire Oberon Garcia, Colorado College

Mignon R. Moore, Barnard College-Columbia University

Wanda Brooks, Temple University

Dana-Ain Davis, City University of NY

Nicole Truesdell, Beloit College

Tanisha C. Ford, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michael Sawyer, Colorado College

Hillary Potter, University of Colorado Boulder

Vanessa White, Catholic Theological Union

Heidi R. Lewis, Colorado College

Celeste L. Graham, the University of North Texas

Maria Mercedes Franco, Queensborough Community College – CUNY

Anastasia C. Curwood, University of Kentucky

Renée T. White, Simmons College

Olubukola Gbadegesin, Saint Louis University

Shawn A. Newton, Salem State University

Michelle Ferrier, Ohio University

Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Shawn Copeland, Boston College

Ruth Cossey, Mills College

Chonika Coleman-King, University of Tennessee

Randi Gray Kristensen, The George Washington University

Julie E Moody-Freeman, DePaul University

Renée Richardson Gosline, MIT

Amber L. Johnson, Saint Louis University

Zacharia Nchinda, University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee and Milwaukee Area Technical College

Mtafiti Imara, California State University San Marcos

Andrea Y. Simpson, University of Richmond

Patricia Nunley, Mills College

Moctar A. Sakho, Colorado College

Afaa M. Weaver, Simmons College

Dana Wright, Connecticut College

Shawnee Daniels-Sykes, Mount Mary University

Hugo Kamya, Simmons College

Carol D. Lee, Northwestern University

Bonnie Reddick, San Diego State

Stanlie James, Arizona State University

Frances Jones-Sneed, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Pedro A. Noguera, UCLA

Tricia Elam Walker, Howard University

Imani Goffney, University of Houston

Anne-Maria Makhulu, Duke University

Shanti Parikh, Washington University in St. Louis

Antoinette T. Jackson, University of South Florida

Lynn Roberts, Hunter College/CUNY School of Public Health

Terrence T. Allen, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Upchurch, Alabama A&M University

Nkiru Nzegwu, Binghamton University (SUNY)

Kalenda Eaton, Arcadia University

Jeannette Eileen Jones, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jayminn Sanford-DeShields, Temple University

Esther L. Jones, Clark University

Lory J. Dance, University of Nebraska-Lincoln & Lund University-Sweden

Aaron R Mann PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Christopher M. Chacha, Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Omar Hassan Dphrepaulezz, SUNY Oneonta

Christopher P. Lehman, St. Cloud State University

Kwakiutl L. Dreher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Elizabeth Sparks, Boston College

Joycelin Randle, University of Denver

Raj Sethuraju, Metropolitan State University

Nina A. Johnson, Swarthmore College

Nicole M. Overstreet, Clark University

Dixa Ramírez, Yale University

Tehia Starker Glass, UNC Charlotte

Leslie Doyle, Fontbonne University

Mia Charlene White, University of California, Santa Barbara

Kamal Hassan Ali, Westfield State University

Rachel J Watkins, American University

Evelyn Newman Phillips, Central Connecticut State University

Saundra H. Starks, Western Kentucky University

Noel Voltz, Trinity Washington University

Jennifer James, George Washington University

Tendai Chitewere, San Francisco State University

Waldo E. Johnson, University of Chicago

Littisha A. Bates, University of Cincinnati

Enrique Neblett, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Keith Michael Green, Rutgers University, Camden

Don C. Sawyer III, Quinnipiac University

Fabienne Doucet, New York University

Richard D. Harvey, Saint Louis University

Chantal Thomas, Cornell University

Brenda M. Greene, Medgar Evers College, CUNY

*1343 names (Many thanks to Dr. Russell Williams for checking the numbers.)

Other Ways to Support:

VOD APPEAL FOR HOLIDAY FUNDS FOR AIYANA JONES’ FAMILY: VOD was there the morning Aiyana was killed on May 16, 2010, and has covered virtually every related event since. Now at this time of heightened awareness regarding the extent of police killings and atrocities committed against Black and Brown people, please let us not forget little Aiyana Jones and her family.”

RAISE MONEY FOR AURA ROSSER’S CHILDREN: “On November 9, 2014, Aura Rosser, a black woman living with her boyfriend in Ann Arbor was fatally shot by Ann Arbor Police. Responding to a 911 call to Ms. Rosser’s home, police had weapons drawn and fired on Ms. Rosser within 60 seconds of arriving to the scene. Shooting her in the head and chest, police took the life of a mother of three, right before the holiday season.”

Support Ferguson Protests

***update: If you don’t see your name or if there is any error, please don’t hesitate to let me know via email. If you put your info in the comments section, please email your information.

If you are a Black professor and would like to add your name, please email blackspaceblog@gmail.com with your name as you would like it to appear, along with your institution. Please include this statement in your email: “I am a Black professor and would like to add my name to the letter.” (A big shout out to Ashley N. Woodson, University of Pittsburgh who (I think) was the person who included this sentence in her email.)

Black adjunct professors are welcome to sign. Please only send one email. Do let me know if your name is spelled incorrectly, if your name is listed more than once, or if  there’s any other error, but please be patient with the corrections.

(If you do not identify as a Black professor you can support by sharing widely. Thank you for being with us. )

(Also, adding names as fast as I can. Going to take some time. I can’t respond to every email message, but thank you. Y’all are bringing the love right now.

141 comments on “An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter

  1. Reagan Jackson, Many Voices One Tribe says:

    My educating takes place outside of traditional classrooms but my loving intention and activism is of the same spirit.

  2. Lisa Brock says:

    Love This and Thank you. Will send my name in to be added.

  3. Allegra says:

    thank you from a college sophomore currently struggling through finals. this is radical self love, validation for years of hard work, and most of all the strength of community that we all carry with us. it brought tears to my eyes.

  4. Sent to all the Writers in the VONA/Voices network who often feel alone and battered inside master institutions. This love will rise them
    Elmaz Abinader http://www.voicesatvona.org

    • blackspaceblog says:

      Thank you, Elmaz! I did Vona early on and it saved me when I was in a master institution getting my mfa. much love–Rae Paris.

  5. steve locke says:

    Thank you so very much for thinking this, for writing this, for sharing this.

  6. Lavenia Jones says:

    This has moved me. Thank you for supporting the students you don’t even know, You all are appreciated.

  7. David Pearlman says:

    And I, as a white child of the 50s and 60s, stand in solidarity also with Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney, martyrs of my youth.

  8. Dorothy says:

    Thank you so much. I am planning a Black Psychologist Conference this spring in Seattle. Please let me know if you have ideas or would like to attend.

  9. kaielz says:

    My heart fills with gratitute for the strength, the empathy and love authentically expressed in this open letter to our chidren who so need us in this world where we are thought little of and everything around them screams,”You are not worthy!” To have our educators step up and let them know that they care, that they see them, that they know because we’ve all been there either directly or vicariously through a loved one is honorable because in doing so they expose themselves as Black conscious indviduals who are no carbon copies of their white counterparts in black skin. Thus in doing so put themselves in the line of fire. And kid yourself not, they have. They are breathing, feeling, compassionate Black human beings who are here for our youth and have boldly come forth and proclaimed it. Well, as a member of the black press, ” Thank You; I am proclaiming that we have your back.”

    Kai EL’ Zabar
    Executive Editor
    Chicago Defender
    312.225.2400

  10. Marik Moen says:

    Wonderful; grateful. Marik Moen

  11. Charm says:

    This open letter has meant more to me then anything I have read about the recent events in our communities. I am a multiracial student who has never been in a learning environment where I could look around and see faces that look like mine. I have felt enormous pressure to stay silent, composed, smile, and fill their quota as a (well-mannered) minority in the program. The loneliness I have felt during my collegiate education only seems to get worse the more I excel. I have become a master of downplaying my cultural identity in-order to succeed academically. I have used silence to survive.

    Thank you for this letter. It is sitting above my desk. Hopefully some day I will have to courage to break my silence.

  12. kaielz says:

    My heart fills with gratitude for the strength, the empathy and love authentically expressed in this open letter to our children who so need us in this world where we are ‘thought little of’ and everything around them screams, ”You are not worthy!” To have our educators step up and let them know that they care, that they see them, that they know because we’ve all been there either directly or vicariously through a loved one is honorable because in doing so they expose themselves as Black conscious indviduals who are no carbon copies of their white counterparts in black skin. Thus in doing so put themselves in the line of fire. And kid yourself not, they have. They are breathing, feeling, compassionate Black human beings who are here for our youth and have boldly come forth and proclaimed it. Well, as a member of the black press, ” Thank You; I am proclaiming that we have your back.”

    Kai EL’ Zabar
    Executive Editor
    Chicago Defender
    312.225.2400

  13. Rapsody says:

    An Open Letter of Love to Black Students..

  14. awax1217 says:

    We marched so you could have a future. May it be a good future.

  15. crichards3 says:

    A truly inspirational piece. Thank you for writing and sharing.

  16. writegill says:

    Nobility being in the act, you guys have achieved it.

  17. Frances Brokaw says:

    Thank you– I am a retired med school professor aware of my white privilege, and now trying to open eyes and hearts to what POC go through every single day. I am still learning!

  18. Donna-Marie says:

    This is really powerful, timely and impactful. I feel this, and appreciate the soladarity expressed here. I’ll print this letter, and keep it close. Thank you!

  19. maximum21 says:

    And they said that we can’t make a change with the words written…amazingly put! The activists in the world are rising up!

  20. karifrances says:

    From a White university student: Thank you for sharing your stories. Schools need this. Students, professors, families, friends, and communities need this. I need this. I am committed to listening, protesting the injustice of your erasure, and learning the most difficult truths about what Black people and other people of color experience on a daily basis.

    What a beautiful piece of writing. I love to see the long list of names here. Thank you for this!

  21. jaye85 says:

    Thank you! This letter means so much and I appreciate you all taking the time to address us(me). Special thanks for my professor who has been my rock during my experience in school.

  22. jaye85 says:

    Thank you all for this heart felt letter! Thank you for hearing, seeing, and feeling us(me)!!

  23. islandgurl96813 says:

    This is beautifully written and so powerful ❤ I am a native hawaiian who spent a lot of time in a predominately white area, so although I will never know what it is like to be a black american, I do know what it's like to feel stereotyped and treated differently because of your skin color ❤ I loved this piece so much.

  24. dillon305 says:

    This is beautifully explained and this will empower the youth and adults all over the world to stand up against rasicm. We are all one, no one can divide us.

  25. This has to be one of the best letters that I have read to date. I appreciate all that you do for our people, nation, and world. I wish I was a college educator, I would sign my name in a heartbeat. But I do support your efforts and i will make a difference in my community! Thank you all.

  26. Humayra says:

    I am neither black nor white but I feel a sense of support as well from reading this. Maybe not today nor tomorrow but I do believe one day people will learn that skin colour’s merely a superficial appearance and know that according to mitochondial DNA we are descendents of a common female ancestor who’s black. I am just one small person but my support and love to anyone whoever is reading this. Especially my black brothers and sisters out there! :’)

  27. I concur with artwordsmith2 on the brilliant composition of the letter and the passion it provokes. also provided comments in my email. Thank God for your prophetic voice! Blessings!

  28. I found myself crying while reading this letter earlier this morning (having something to do with my lack of sleep certainly, but a lot to do with how poignant and timely the message in this letter was for me). Within this letter are powerful statements about the state of denial in regards to racism and the dual lives that people of color have to live in our nation today.

    Your letter has hit me powerfully hard, and I find myself fighting back tears all morning since I have read it. I hope that others will find that this letter will help inspire us to actively build solidarity around sharing our experiences and coming together to create spaces that honor people based on all of their qualities as human beings; rather than to stifle and oppress based on a lack of understanding. Within this letter is the recognition of how important culture and color is to our identities and experiences in our world.

    THANK YOU!

  29. sandipmedhe says:

    Fight for your rights.

  30. joseyphina says:

    Great write-up. Must read for all. Well done. 🙂

  31. “Over here” in Europe, it is so difficult to grasp the intensity of this issue, I thought we were over this chapter of human history, unfortunately we aren’t.
    Thank you for putting your emotions into such precious words.

  32. iCheckOther says:

    Wow. This was just shared across the Avodah, (the Jewish service corps) alumni listserve. I am thrilled to see this letter of support, love, and power written and spreading widely. Passing it on further.

  33. I want to thank all those who made this site and discussion possible especially for Black and Professors of Color.
    It seems to me that we have entered into a period of heighten critical, emotional and collective outrage. Historically, cultural shifts occur when a particular social catalyst becomes a focal point, an instrument that is expressed in some form of directed action. The objectives may not always be clearly articulated at first but eventually the meaning and goals are crystallized.
    I see something profound beginning to stir here in Berkeley CA where I live and elsewhere that feels like an authentic expression of disgust, outage and the beginning of a critical social resistance to Power and Empire!
    To the students who have dedicated themselves to be disciplined and persevere at this time I challenge you to protect and safeguard your vision for the life you imagine. Your vision and the life you are creating is a seed for the collective aspersions of All people from All Time wanting to be realized In and through You!

    Foad Satterfield, Professor of Art
    Dominican University California

  34. Novita says:

    Thank’s for the writing.

  35. Veracious Poet says:

    Wishing you all strength and courage.

  36. May God continue to strengthen Hearts, Souls, and Minds, in this great effort. Thank You.

  37. in prayer says:

    This beautiful and powerful letter needs to find its way to all the airwaves. Each and every american needs to hear or read this eye opener. I continue to ask myself, What has happened to our society? Without the Lord and my wonderful church family, I would be just another angry black man.

  38. Inette Dishler says:

    so powerful and beautifully written; passing it on…

  39. David Mensah says:

    Very beautifully put.

  40. […] letter of support from black faculty across the country to African American college students describes […]

  41. jafariallen says:

    thank you. truth, so beautiful said.

  42. […] Here is “An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter.” […]

  43. VIRGINIA VIEW says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. A GRANDMOTHER TO FIVE BLACK STUDENTS.

  44. blackspaceblog says:

    Thank you everyone for reading. These messages of support and solidarity matter so much. ❤

  45. SARA says:

    Beautifully written !

  46. assortmentbox says:

    This post reminds me of James Baldwins’s letter to his nephew 🙂

  47. Malik says:

    Black Is Real.. Keep Up The Good Work Professors… God Is With Us All….Amen Amen..

  48. assortmentbox says:

    May you brave the tempest and reach the promised land .Good luck .

  49. How necessary to speak out. Bless you for this moving tribute.

  50. […] Note: This letter was originally published on Black Space: Crafting a Place for Black Women Writers and is reprinted here with permission. The photo was taken by Darryl Quinton Evans on Dec. 6 at […]

  51. This is excellent. I stand in great appreciation to all who have contributed to this. Racism is one of the most important battles of our times. And it matters that we fight it so that it ends

  52. Jennifer Moore says:

    Heartfelt thanks to the authors and signers of this letter for your powerful message of compassion and support for our black students. I am one of many white professors who stand in solidarity with our black colleagues and our black students. We are shamed by the racism that persists in the institutions we benefit from. We are awed by your courage. We are hopeful and dedicated to participating with you in transforming our places of work and learning into places of equality, dignity, free expression and well being for all of us. We will keep listening and reaching out.

  53. Your efforts help all of us take ethics seriously. To the extent that any group ignores the oppression and abuses visited upon another, such a group arguably has no real ethics, regardless of its individual members’ direct participation in the abuses. By ignoring the obvious to spare itself pain or effort or risk, such a group practices instead a sham ethics pretending to be real. Evil, in essence, but less honest. Such a group benefits from all undesirable efforts to make this situation harder to ignore. I think so, anyway. Thanks.

  54. Linda says:

    Thank you for this powerful letter. I am not a person of color, but I AM a person who believes in justice and equality. I AM a person who acknowledges white privilege and the ill that it does our society. As Reagan Jackson said in his or her reply: “My loving intention and activism is of the same spirit”.

  55. Sylvia Mason says:

    Thank-you for writing what I believe is THE 21st Century Prayer for Every Campus. Let “it resound loud as the rolling sea” (James Weldon Johnson, 1900).

    Lift Every Voice and Sing
    Black National Athem – Verse 1

  56. Cloud says:

    How great and moving, but how sad that this is still needed.

  57. spierce76 says:

    Thank you, from a non-black male who has served in the military and is a retired Law Enforcement Officer who is sickened by racisim and abuse. We are all one no matter the color of your skin.

  58. Keon says:

    This is pure GOLD. This motivates me, feeling that i have a double- mission. Spiritually and color bound. It’s mental, and to deal with the ignorance daily is sad. I have my free-form locs (crown) , my gauges and tattoos. I love everyone no matter the color, and i love my color because of the struggles of history we have overcome. Much Love.

    Pearld.Onyx

  59. ecohorizons says:

    Hope a better future for all races and all people around the world.

  60. Poonam Arora says:

    Solidarity takes on new forms in this time of crisis.
    Please add me to the list of Black professors.
    Poonam Arora, Grinnell College

  61. jazzaloo says:

    Yes.. This is beautiful. I go to university in England where the university is prominently white and I find myself explaining myself all to much, and this actually made my hark warm, this piece of writing! I resinate with this…thank you

  62. estelea says:

    I hear you! your letter is beautiful and I am standing with you all to make our world a fair, just and really equal one. I know discrimination from my religion, and I do understand the feelings. I am totally supporting your cause and send you my warmest blessings

  63. This is beautiful. It’s a much-needed reminder that even though we may all feel alone during these difficult times, there are others who understand all too much what we’re thinking and feeling.

  64. Thank you for such a compelling and profound letter. This message must be spread all over the world even to our historically Black colleges and universities. Yes, we have some of them there who don’t see or hear us. It helps to remind us and keep us grounded.

  65. […] “An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter.” Blackspaceblog.com. […]

  66. Lorraine Garcia says:

    Texas A&M University Kingsville

  67. I am a Black professor and would like to add my name.

  68. […] read this letter to all of my students. Take the time to read this to your students, children, and family […]

  69. Kenneth H. McCottry says:

    It must, needs to be passed on.

  70. Norma Sales says:

    Thank you so very, very much for this letter. I am currently crying as I flash back to years of insults and humiliation suffered as a result of “silent” teachers and professors who “blindly” ignored the cruelty hammered at me during my youth at “majority” schools. As a 77 year old mother, former elementary school educator, lawyer and judge, I applaud you for taking this stand and supporting our children. Thank you for letting them know that you see them and know their value. Where possible, please share Margaret Burroughs’ poem “What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black?” with your students. During the 1960’s I often shared Dr. Burroughs’ poem with my birth and “village” children. Thank you and may God bless and protect you.

  71. Nelressa Stallings says:

    It is so affirming to finally hear encouragement instead of stares, the eye rolls, or commits of being ‘crazy’ and needing to ‘get over it’. Over the summer I tried to keep it together during two lectures I gave about subtle racism (sometimes not so subtle) in media, classrooms, textbooks, etc. and another about mindfulness in education while giving a moment of silence at the end for the 2013- 2014 victims. Did I mention the room was filled mostly of non people of color? Though many were sadden by my stories and seemed to think of the issues as isolated incidences, classmates surprisingly came with questions and two even apologized ‘if’ they had unknowingly offended me. I feel progress can happen if we are allowed to speak out, especially in higher education. My point is don’t be afraid to speak your heart with people outside your race. Not all will listen, we are use to this, but the more they hear the more change can come about. The community needs all people to stand up and make a change.
    I plan on dedicating the next few years in obtaining a PhD in efforts to support our community specifically in classroom education and textbooks. Suggestion: Find an area/industry that motivates you and dedicate your time helping to improve your standard of life in injustice and your community. Every industry is effected; lets make a better future. Thanks for listening!

  72. godtisx says:

    This was probably the most powerful thing I’ve seen on WordPress. Wow.

    (Beautiful.)

  73. My husband and I will determine the choice of where our Black Male will attend college based upon those institutions where professors felt empowered to sign and pen this heartfelt letter of love.

  74. […] what other academics have done.  Read everything on the #FergusonSyllabus.  And, everything that Sarah Kendzoir has […]

  75. kiarrakiki1999 says:

    Beautiful 🙌Something like this inspires love and hope for our future as Black People!💓We do matter even though we may forget it at times👌

  76. Alfredia Neal says:

    Very well expressed and thank you

  77. birgit wedel says:

    Crushing in it’s truth. Mom of three biracial children. They are always on the fence. And I never belong.

  78. SouthernSunshine says:

    Great post! I’m an older student “graduate” taking a break. I will let my baby boy read this. He’s 9th grade!

  79. authorjabar says:

    this is moving… thank you

  80. So beautifully put. These babies are brilliant and fearsome all by themselves, but its the way that these educators and community stakeholders uplift and suport them that will determine their future. I took up the charge to lift up these little brothers and sisters mainly because i remember how impacted i was, and still am, by the kindness and wisdom of my elders. We eaxh have a role to play but its tou educators that have probably the hardeat and most xeitixal job amd its just so powerdu Lal to know how ser ook ous ‘ll y you all take that job!!!

  81. George Munchus ,,University of Alabama at Birmingham - says:

    Keep pushing the BLACK agenda.

  82. […] with your name as you would like it to appear, along with your institution. You can also visit blackspaceblog to view the […]

  83. purpleliving15 says:

    Reblogged this on The Less I Know.

  84. […] An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter. […]

  85. Reblogged this on Being Black and Ph.Ding It and commented:
    This is just another love song to black students…

  86. m.renee says:

    Truly inspirational. I am humbled by those who came before me and I hope to carry the mantle half as nobly.

  87. […] sharing this Open Letter via Black Space in Solidarity.  I’ve been having a really difficult time with processing things these past […]

  88. Bonnie Reddick says:

    San Diego State University

  89. Suzanne Narducci says:

    Wow! Thank you, thank you for your courage and education of all of us.

  90. Stanlie James says:

    I haven’t figured out how to add my name to the list of faculty who have signed this letter but I absolutely support the message it holds! Stanlie James Arizona State University

  91. Martell Teasley says:

    Good to see so many In solidarity for the struggle ahead…

  92. Iclaimallthetitlesinthisletterexceptprofessorandwouldsignthisletterwithpride!InSolidarity!

  93. Melissa Berry Pearson says:

    Please add me to the “open letter”

  94. Pedro A. Noguera says:

    Please add my name – Pedro A. Noguera, UCLA

  95. […] Mecca Slaughter also read an open letter to students signed by a long list of  black faculty nationwide posted on blackspaceblog.com. The statement read in part: “You with your stories of erasure […]

  96. […] Mecca Slaughter also read an open letter to students signed by a long list of  black faculty nationwide posted on blackspaceblog.com. The statement read in part: “You with your stories of erasure […]

  97. Betty says:

    A letter of love to the students letting them know that they was heard, they were seen and felt was so important. Students need to know we support them in their endeavor.

  98. […] expression of solidarity with their students, Black faculty at Michigan State University wrote “An Open Letter of Love of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter” in December of 2014. The letter went viral and ended up with nearly 1000 faculty and staff […]

  99. […] expression of solidarity with their students, Black faculty at Michigan State University wrote “An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter” in December of 2014. The letter went viral and ended up with nearly 1000 faculty and staff […]

  100. Good to see so many In solidarity for the struggle ahead

  101. legira123 says:

    so powerful and beautifully written; passing it on… mesin jahit portable

  102. […] Read it ALL: An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter « Black Space […]

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  104. Sabine Broeck says:

    am sharing this.

  105. Liv says:

    Thank you from a junior at Bryn Mawr College trying to finish college. From a Black woman aspiring to get her doctorate and continue this beautiful legacy you have all continued. Thank you for holding space for us. I see you all.

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