Spelman Hosts #SayHerName Vigil in Response to lives of Black Women

By: Chelse Brown

On August 14, Atlanta University students held a vigil for the lost lives of black women who have been killed by policemen on the college campus of Spelman.

 
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According to Eva Dickerson, a Sophmore at Spelman College, the event was a vigil around the theme #SayHerName to encourage AUC students to get involved in activism for the improvement of black lives outside of just police violence against black men.

Most of the time, when innocent black men are killed by an officer, their name goes viral, riots happen in the streets and the world will most likely know who they are. What about Korryn Gaines or Rekia Boyd?

"The vigil was a space for healing, laughter, and thoughts on solutions," Dickerson said.

The infamous hashtag #SayHerName was created when the death of Sandra Bland, became an unsolved murder mystery rather than bringing justice to her life. Recently, when Gaines was killed, the majority of the comments towards her death have been negative, and surprisingly people have tried to justify her death as well.

A candlelight vigil along with a moment of silence took place to remember the beautiful black women who often go unnoticed. 

Dickerson said this vigil is important so the lives of black women don't go unnoticed.

 
 

"Black women suffer much different violence every day and we internalize them because we aren't given a space to say, 'it hurts to hear these things, to see these things' so we keep on rolling, keep on nurturing, keep on fighting. That's not healthy. The vigil provided a space for us to say, "we're hurting too! We're dying too!" Space for us to love and support each other," she said.

Dickerson ended out the vigil with a chant by Assata Shakur:

 

It is our duty to fight for our freedom.
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
— Assata Shakur
Eva Dickerson

Chelse Brown

ATL, Georgia