Harvard students on why they protest

Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 12:30 in Psychology & Sociology

Since May, Black Lives Matter protests have been staged from the West Coast to the East and around the globe, triggered by the killing of George Floyd, who died after a white police officer kneeled against his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest. Besides drawing millions of participants, the demonstrations have been notable for the diversity of the activists’ ages, genders, religions, and ethnicities. Among the legions of students who have marched are a number from Harvard who attended events in their hometowns, from Massachusetts and the nation’s capital to Texas and Los Angeles. The Gazette spoke with eight of these students about their experiences. Sisters Cierra Brown ‘23 (left) and Kaelyn Brown '21 hold a sign they made for protests. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Kaelyn Brown ’21 Newton, Mass. I felt as if I had to go. This moment is extremely pivotal and a lot of people are listening....

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