The women were joined by CNN's Fredricka Whitfield and Sunny Hostin and attorney Benjamin Crump, who all called for better media representation of black shooting victims.
With hundreds sitting in the audience, Lesley McSpadden sat onstage at the Goldstein Auditorium and recalled her last family trip with her late son, Michael Brown. She snapped a picture of him catching a fish. “I look at the picture and see his face,” McSpadden said in tears. “He was a bright kid, and he had a bright future.”
Brown died at age 18 in August 2014 from a gunshot confrontation with white police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
Dr. Brittney Cooper, a professor of women's and gender studies and African studies, encouraged students to fight injustices and ask questions in an event for Black History Month.
A scholar of black women’s intellectual history and thought explained the struggles blacks and women are currently facing and ways to fight injustice in a speech for Black History Month Thursday night.
Dr. Brittney Cooper, an assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and African studies at Rutgers University, urged students not to accept the status quo and to fight for the big questions. “If you see a good fight, get in it,” she said.
More than 100 students stood on the steps of Hendricks Chapel to show support for Trayvon Martin, a slain Florida teenager.
More than 100 students and faculty shivered through Monday night's windy 30-degree weather in hooded sweatshirts to rally on the quad in support of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17 year old who was shot and killed a month ago by self-appointed neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla.