Northwestern’s Black Student Alliance, affectionately known as For Members Only (FMO), holds an annual State of the Black Union, in which a prominent figure in the Black community is brought to campus to speak on a relevant and germane topic.
This year, with the unjustified summer murders of Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and Michael Brown, the student organization thought it would be appropriate to invite Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, to speak to our community. NABJ-NU had the wonderful opportunity to co-sponsor the event and moderate the Q&A portion. Take a look at the stellar photos taken by Jillian Sellers, a member of NABJ-NU, to see how amazing the event truly was!
The executive board flashed a few smiles while waiting for Sybrina Fulton to take the stage.
A rainbow of students filled the seats of Cahn Auditorium as they eagerly anticipated the arrival of the night’s special guest.
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, shared her story with the Northwestern community on Nov. 4th, 2014.
Ms. Fulton said that there were some things we all needed to hear “straight from the horse’s mouth.”
Sierra Boone, our VP of Chapter Relations, had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and discuss respect, the power of dialogue, and many other things with Ms. Fulton.
“I’d like to see us get back to the basics…the basics of respect and respecting one another.”
Ms. Fulton even gave a piece of advice to the aspiring journalists: “Be respectful with your questions and be compassionate for what the other person is going through.”
Following the program, several members of the Chicago Contemporary Dance Theatre (CCDT) performed a piece dedicated to Trayvon Martin.
Thank you to the executive board of FMO for including NABJ-NU in such a special night!
What an honor it was to be in the presence of such a courageous, bold and fearless woman. Thank you, Ms. Fulton, for sharing your incredibly moving story with the world, all while trying to make it a better place. We appreciate you for all you’ve done, and admire you for the grace and poise in which you exude.
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