Athens community members, University of Georgia students and faculty protested the university administration’s response to demands for UGA to acknowledge its history of slavery on April 29.
Athens community members, University of Georgia students and faculty protested the university administration’s response to demands for UGA to …
“At the end of the day, we just need to stop the games, and it’s time to get moving on some material changes happening in this community,” Athens for Everyone member Imani Scott-Blackwell said to the crowd of protestors on the steps of the UGA Administration Building.
About 60 people marched from Tate Plaza through North Campus to protest outside the UGA Administration Building. Activists attempted to enter the building, but UGA Police Chief Dan Silk said only six people could enter. Leaders sought to schedule a meeting with Morehead and representative for the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.
Members of the Coalition plan to attend a Board of Regents meeting in August after meeting with Morehead, Athens for Everyone member Rachelle Berry said.
Community groups have escalated pressure on the UGA administration since the premiere of the documentary “Below Baldwin” on March 31. The groups, which include Athens for Everyone and the United Campus Workers of Georgia, have since formed the Coalition for Recognition and Redress.
The protest follows a month of increasing pressure on the UGA administration. Lla Anderson, a sophomore theater and philosophy double major from McDonough, protested in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage for UGA workers and support for local black students to attend UGA.
“What is an apology, what are words without actual action behind it,” Anderson said. “I want some action. I want some change.”
The Coalition plans to engage with the black community in Athens and broaden its “base” this summer, Berry said.