UMass-Boston hosts inaugural ‘Black Lives Matter Day,’ unveils BLM mural

UMass-Boston hosted its inaugural Black Lives Matter Day on Nov. 2.

At the event, the school unveiled a BLM mural and George Floyd memorial scholarship.

The University of Massachusetts-Boston hosted its first-ever “Black Lives Matter Day,” right before the 2020 election. 

According to the university’s website, Black Lives Matter Day was “dedicated to those who have been unjustly harmed and/or killed as a result of police brutality, acts of anti-Black racism, and systemic oppression.”

Through a variety of online seminars and speeches, the university sought to highlight “individuals and groups from UMass Boston, the broader Boston community, across the U.S. and the world who have worked as activists within the BLM movement.”

The school intended for its Black Lives Matter Day to provide a “learning, reflective, and growth experience” “centered on generating awareness of systemic anti-Black racism and injustice and to promote positive change to redress these issues in society.”

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The school unveiled a Black Lives Matter mural in its East Hall Dining Commons. During a virtual unveiling, the artist who created the mural said that he hopes the mural elicits a variety of emotional responses in viewers.

This event comes in the context of universities across the United States giving full-throated endorsements to the Black Lives Matter movement, which led to violent protests across the nation and holds positions such as the erosion of the nuclear family.

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Campus Reform recently reported on an incident in which a UMass-Boston professor compared President Donald Trump and his supporters to Hitler and the Nazis during a Zoom class. A conservative student spoke up to challenge the professor’s assumptions, and the professor refused to have the conversation during class.

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The UMass Boston College Republicans told Campus Reform that they “can’t say [they] are surprised” by the event, even though they believe that “the violence the movement displays and the rhetoric that comes out of the movement and organization is despicable.” 

Campus Reform reached out to UMass-Boston for comment and will update this article accordingly.

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