Black Panther-inspired student group at UCLA demands $40 million for black student center

Black Panther-inspired student group at UCLA demands $40 million for black student center

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A black student group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is lobbying the university for a $40 million dollar endowment to establish a black resource center on campus.

UCLA’s Afrikan Student Union, the group that made the demand, also demonstrated at a Thursday basketball game, according to The Daily Bruin. The center would consolidate and bolster existing resources for black students at UCLA.

ASU was modeled after with UCLA’s Black Panther movement, according to ASU’s online description. The group fights for “Afrikan Unity and Black consciousness, the promotion of Afrikan Culture and the elimination of human oppression and exploitation.” Its Black Panther Party legacy is observed by ASU’s additional demand to rename Campbell Hall, a UCLA campus building, Carter-Huggins Hall. This switch would commemorate two Black Panthers who were assassinated on campus in 1969 and who are honored yearly with an ASU-sponsored vigil.

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Marcelo Clark, the UCLA student who first publicized ASU’s press release, justified the $40 million endowment and other demands because “it is time for an institution [UCLA] that capitalizes off of our identities to recognize the struggle that accompanies us, and adequately provide for the programs and individuals that keep UCLA’s Black community afloat.”

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