Samford Alumni for Black Lives

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As the events unfolding after Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd’s deaths have shed light onto the hundreds of years of history of violence against black and brown lives, many allies are searching for tangible action to speak into their communities. As alumni of Samford University, we are calling on those in power to fund events for faculty, students, and staff on allyship and advocacy. It is not the job of students of color to educate the rest of campus on issues that have unfolded over the last week. As Samford returns to campus in 2020 - whether virtually or in person - we are calling for an increase in conversation, both formally and informally. We are requesting convocations and speakers, specifically around racial equity, cultural humility, and white allyship. We are imploring more of the budget given to the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Initiatives. We are asking that as a Christian university seated in a city stained with a long history of white people, especially white Christians, refusing to stand up, Samford stands up.