Jun. 15, 2020
CWU Faculty Host Teach-in to Support of Black Lives Matter
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Central Washington University professors hosted a teach-in regarding the movement, anti-blackness and police violence on Wednesday on campus.
A teach-in is usually a series of informal lectures. Event organizer and CWU professor Teresa Divine said many of the black faculty didn’t want to lecture, as they had other things to speak about. This could be their own experiences, and what they thought about the movement.
The first speaker Mal Stewman didn’t do a lot of his own speaking. He read a list of names, people who had been killed from police violence and racism. He then called for an 8 minute, 47-second-long moment of silence. This was the amount of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck.
“I have never been more impacted about the recent atrocities then when I stood over there for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. I had no idea, how long that was, and I had no idea how a human being can do this,” said CWU director of student health care Dr. Carylin Holsey.
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