Cultural ‘Safe Spaces’ and their influence on protest

By Lillie Eastham, F/G Scholar

The term ‘safe space’ became widely known and debated after the 2016 presidential election when many said that they required such a space because they felt targeted in the political climate. Others feel that safe spaces act as a shield that protects people from any ideas that conflict with their own and overly-sensitizes society. Continue reading Cultural ‘Safe Spaces’ and their influence on protest

Edwards vs. South Carolina: Protecting the right to march

By Emma Collins and Nicole Ziege, F/G Scholars

Students march outside South Carolina State House in 1961 (Photo http://www. sanantoniopeace.center/february-25-in-peace-justice-history-3/)

On March 2, 1961, nearly 200 African American high school and college students gathered at the Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. Together, they marched six blocks down to the state capitol building to protest racial inequality and segregation. When they arrived, they proceeded to walk around the state house for 45 minutes while a crowd of nearly 350 onlookers gathered. The city manager began to worry that the situation would become dangerous and that traffic would further be disruptive, so he asked the police officers to tell the crowd of protestors to disperse. The police complied and told the protestors they had 15 minutes to disperse or they would be arrested for disorderly conduct and breach of the peace. Continue reading Edwards vs. South Carolina: Protecting the right to march