This week's SPACE Internship meeting included the People of Color Tour, a student-initiated campus tour that seeks to educate participants on the adversity experienced by minority groups and their contributions to the campus and student body through advocacy and activism.
Several stops on the tour included:
•Janss Steps–In 1965, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke here regarding the Civil Rights Movement, roughly one month after the Selma-to-Montgomery marches for African American voting rights.
•Campbell Hall–Once the site of the High Potential Program, where inner city youth were able to get into UCLA despite being under-resourced. Here, two students who were members of the Black Panther Party, John Huggins and Bunchy Carter, were murdered.
•Royce Quad–In the 1980s, students united to stop Coca Cola's investment in apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was institutionalized racial segregation in South Africa that lasted until 1994.
•Haines Hall–Housed inside are the remains of Native Americans. Efforts by Native American students to repatriate these remains have been successful to an extent. However, not all remains have been returned.
This tour highlights the sheer resiliency of marginalized communities who continue to struggle for recognition and equity at an institution that was not made for them. Thank you Emily and Janelle for this eye-opening (and last) facilitation. Your Springterns appreciate you both so much <3.