This collection is the result of an invitation to Allegheny College Community members to submit their creative works that best convey their experiences and express their thoughts and feelings during the period of social unrest of 2020. The collection shares these items as a way to build understanding, strengthen our community, foster human connection, and preserve personal accounts of these troubling events for future generations and scholarly research.
(Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.), 2020-07-09) Scerbo, Rosita; Creamer, Daphne
In collaboration with my students in the course LS 193 04 Women and Ethnic Minorities in the Time of Coronavirus (Social Justice Seminar Series) we created and performed a CLASS VIRTUAL PROTEST. Students investigated the origin and history of protests and created their own protest signs. I encouraged my students to embrace causes that are not strictly or directly related to their own identity/personal experience (Ex. a male student should hold a sign saying "This is what a feminist look like"/"Feminism is for everybody"; a caucasian individual should hold a sign that says "Black Lives Matter", someone that doesn't belong to the LGBTQ community should hold a sign that says "Love is Love", and so on.) We discussed the need to learn how to stand up for issues that don't affect us personally, because this is the biggest meaning of the term empathy and allyship.
I was hanging signs on campus and came across the remnants of an event that had happened in reaction to the Breonna Taylor indictment announcements. I was moved by seeing everything and regretful I hadn't known it had happened. This particular shot is meaningful to me because I often hire photographers to take beautiful photos of campus. Seeing a giant BLM on the brick, it seemed like a very 'normal' photo that was completely transformed to take on a whole new, giant meaning. It made me reflect on the different experiences everyone on campus has.