PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Black Lives Still Matter Creates Discussion In Foster Auditorium

The Paul Robeson Cultural Center proved that Black Lives Still Matter last night. In their event of the same name, activists and police officers spoke about the impact of the Black Lives Matter movement. Activist Deray Mckesson, State College Police Chief Thomas King, and University Police Chief Tyrone Parham each spoke at the event, which took place in the HUB’s Freeman Auditorium.

The evening started off with a powerful opening speech by Paul Robeson Cultural Center Director Carlos Wiley. The speech was based on one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most radical speeches, “Where Do We Go From Here?” Wiley included the opening of Dr. King’s speech in his own speech. When MLK Jr. first gave the speech, he argued a black person was 50 percent of a person who only received 50 percent of life’s benefits while receiving double the tragedies and injustices. Wiley explained that even though that speech was given 48 years ago, there is still segregation and oppression evident today.

Next to speak was Police Chief Thomas King. Chief King spoke about accountability and how it is important to recognize a problem so it does not grow. King emphasized the idea that police officers should not do things to people, but rather for people.

Picking up where Chief King left off, University Police Chief Tyrone discussed the role of police officers as public servants. Parham also expressed that police want to learn more about the problems about incompetent policing.

Keynote speaker Deray Mckesson, an activist for the Black Lives Matter movement, followed the two police chiefs. Mckesson opened with a question, “How many of you have had a negative experience with a police officer?” As attendees raided their hands, Mckesson’s question demonstrated the situation the Black Lives Matter movement is faced with is more than just a handful of isolated incidents.

“The police shouldn’t have to know my name not to kill me,” Mckesson said. “There’s a narrative that’s been created that it’s our responsibility for the police to know us. They shouldn’t have to know my name, my family, or the fact that I have a niece and nephew not to kill me.”

The mix of police testimony and activist accounts created an interesting dynamic in Freeman Auditorium on Wednesday. However, The PRCC’s event made one thing clear: the Black Lives Matter movement is alive in State College and the Penn State community.

About the Author

Jacob Abrams

Jacob Abrams is a sophomore from Oxford, PA, majoring in Management in the Smeal College of Business. Jacob is the President/GM of The LION 90.7 FM along with being a play-by-play commentator and sports talk show host. He is a sports fanatic, and strongly supports the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, Sixers, and the New Orleans Saints. He is a first-generation Penn Stater, and in his free time he likes to play sports and sing. You can follow him on Twitter @jake_abrams and contact him at [email protected]

Comments

More by Jacob

Penn State Baseball Takes One Of Three Against Maryland In Weekend Series

Penn State needed a rebound performance at home as it played host to Big Ten rival Maryland for a three-game series this weekend, but it didn’t go as planned.

Christian Hackenberg Selected No. 51 Overall By The New York Jets In The 2016 NFL Draft

Penn State Baseball Falls To Kent State 6-2 At Home

Athletics

North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend