Over the past year few years, stories of racism on college campuses and the perceived lack of university response has caused a wave of young people to take matters into their own hands. Students at the University of Missouri brought down two members of the campus administration by boycotting the student union and refusing to play a lucrative football game. Colleges across the country like Yale, University of Southern California and Ohio State have organized sit-ins, die-ins and protests in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and against discrimination that they see on colleges every day. We'll talk to students fighting for diversity on their campuses and take a look at the national trend of college activism, on the Sound of Ideas.
Brandon Tatem, Senior at University of Missouri, Programmer at the Black Culture Center
Mercedes Lewis, Senior at John Carroll University, President of African American Alliance
Dr. Zach Williams, Associate Professor at University of Akron, African American Studies
Isaac Floyd, Junior at Kent State University, President of Black United Students
Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University
Jordyn Holman, Senior at University of Southern California, President of National Association of Black Journalists
Bijan Stephen, Associate Editor at The New Republic