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Posted inCommunity, Schools

Black Student Union and UC Berkeley agree to establish on-campus Black resource center

After 15 months of negotiations, UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union (BSU) and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks reached an agreement to establish a new Black resource center on campus that will be named after Fannie Lou Hamer, the famed voting and civil rights activist. The BSU, which worked with the Afrikan Black Coalition, hopes that the new […]

Posted inSchools

School Board considers name change at LeConte

Berkeley school officials are considering changing the name of Le Conte Elementary after community members raised concerns about its namesake, Joseph Le Conte, a deeply respected UC Berkeley faculty member and a passionate conservationist who helped found the Sierra Club. Le Conte was also, however, a slave owner and staunch supporter of the Confederacy who held views that, […]

Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety, Schools

For black students at UC Berkeley, protests are about Ferguson — and their own lives

By Mara Van Ells Over the last month, the Black Student Union at UC Berkeley has organized three separate events to protest police killings of unarmed black men. Students have marched on the streets, through local businesses, and sat in at cafés. The demonstrations have allowed students to grieve, heal, and show solidarity with protesters in […]

Posted inEvents

Protesters stage ‘Black Brunch’ on Berkeley’s Fourth Street

More than two dozen African-American students, many from UC Berkeley, tried to disrupt “business as usual” on Saturday by staging a protest in Berkeley’s upscale Fourth Street shopping district. The students, as well as some community activists, started walking through various shops and restaurants around 11 a.m. chanting, “Which side are you on, my people? Which […]