Hope and Healing: History Professor Kendra Boyd

Kendra Boyd—an assistant professor of history and co-editor of Scarlet and Black, Volume II: Constructing Race and Gender at Rutgers, 1865–1945—said the global racial reckoning “is part of a very long fight for freedom and racial equality in the United States. The policing of Black bodies and state-sanctioned violence goes back to the days of slavery. It continued under the system of Jim Crow and now manifests in the mass incarceration of Black and brown people. The current fight against widespread police violence and the murder of African Americans is building on the legacies of the modern Civil Rights Movement, anti-lynching campaigns in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and earlier anti-slavery activism.”

She continued, “Although the future seems uncertain and the state of the country is frightening right now, we should be hopeful because this moment is ripe for social activism and change. Historically, college and university students have been crucial in fighting against social and economic injustices. All three Rutgers campuses witnessed ample student activism in the 1960s and 1970s. The current generation of students will be at the forefront of activism around racism in 21stcentury America. They give me hope, and I am excited to educate this generation of student activists at Rutgers–Camden.”

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