By Knija Kendrick Staff Writer The showing of “Why We Laugh” that was released back in 2009, directed by Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell, was shown on Friday, February 17th in the Student Success Center, where students can learn about the history behind black entertainment […]
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By Shayla Simmons Copy Editor There are so many current events plaguing news stations that sometimes it may seem hard to keep track. However one to be aware of, of all of the latest executive orders passed by President Trump, is the nationwide travel ban. […]
By Lavenia Chappel Shannon Lee in 2015 founded the Nashville nonprofit Ladies Who Strive “to motivate, inspire and educate” young women to accomplish their entrepreneurial and career goals. The organization is designed to be a support system for striving young women, something Lee felt was […]
By Lucas Johnson NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) Tennessee State University’s School of Graduate Studies and Research is hosting a recruitment fair on Jan. 28 to showcase its excellent programs, and more. The fair, the school’s first, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 […]
By Lucas Johnson Tennessee State University’s Office of International Affairs will join students and faculty at Margaret Allen Middle Prep on Friday, Jan. 27, as sponsors of the school’s annual International Day. The celebration emphasizes the advantages of learning about diverse cultures, study abroad opportunities […]
By Lavenia Chappel From the ground breaking cancer research to the new developments within the engineering department, members of the Tennessee State University family on Feb. 1 presented information about its innovative programs at the 4th annual “TSU Day at the Capitol.” The event was held […]
By Khandi Wilson
Marc Sternberg, a native born in Baton Rouge said in an interview with NPR, “Before Dr. King had a dream, before Rosa kept her seat, and before Montgomery took a stand, Baton Rouge played its part”.
In 1950, Baton Rouge had African-American owned buses that transported their black passengers to and from work. The system of these black businesses was struggling and asked for a wage increase. As a result, the pay increased all of five cents. The same day the fare increased, Reverend T. J. Jemison was present at city council when they passed Ordinance 222, which ran based on “first come, first served”.
These buses also catered to white passengers who were legally allowed to sit in the front of the bus while blacks sat in the back. The bus drivers did not comply with the new law and thus stopped coming to their jobs. The community then followed suit by communicating with local African-American residents telling them to not ride the city bus. The company lost a lot of money since the amount of passengers who used this system were 80% black. This movement gained national attention and a few years later Martin Luther King, Jr. implemented this system in Montgomery during the Civil Rights Movement.
Disagreeing with an idea is normal and quite common. As of late, Americans have been using their voice to fight for a system that represents them and their values. Just like in Baton Rouge, a grassroots’ movement has taken flight across the country. A group of former congressional staffers have written up the Indivisible guide for the everyday American to use when addressing their local congress representatives. It has not even been two weeks since President Trump moved into the White House, but already his administration is causing an uproar among Americans across the country. Far and wide, people are coming out in mass numbers to protest their opposition to the new administration and the new policies they are implementing using executive orders. This detailed guide teaches people who have no lobbying or governmental experience how to make sure their voices are heard while also being politically active in their community.
Instead of being upset when people see the news or the information being leaked through their newsfeeds, there is something that can be done to fix it, and more than likely someone in your community has already begun planning.
By Emmanuel Freeman NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) — Tennessee State University is continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an MLK Day of Service. On Saturday, Jan. 21, more than 300 TSU students and volunteers participated in various projects around Nashville […]