My college, SUNY College at Brockport, hosted a speaker last night. His name is Payton Head. You may have heard of him. Head was the first African American president of the University of Missouri’s Students’ Association, he was the voice representing nearly 30,000 students. In the aftermath of the Ferguson riots, Head noticed his University wasn’t doing anything to promote healthy conversations on the matter. So he decided he needed to start conversations about improving race relations in Missouri, especially on campus. Head wrote a Facebook post detailing his experience with racism at Mizzou and it went viral.
His post ignited the student body to fight for a more inclusive campus and influenced college campuses across the country. Protests and walk outs broke out on Mizzou’s campus and they eventually resulted in the resignation of the chancellor and the president. During his talk, Head showed some very powerful photos taken during the protests on campus and I thought I would share them here! Make sure to follow Payton Head on Twitter @ThePaytonHead
The University of Missouri’s football team refused to play until race issues were addressed on campus.