Black Friday featured student speakers as well as performances by a cappella group Harmonyx and spoken word group EROT.
Senior Omololu Babatunde, one of the organizers of the event, spoke on a number of issues spanning from the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., to racial implications of Kenneth Wainstein’s report on academic irregularities at UNC to racial harassment on the anonymous social media app, Yik Yak.
“At the end of last semester when we were going through finals, a lot of my friends of color on campus were going through this huge internal dilemma of trying to navigate engaging with this space academically and also trying to navigate their personhood being attacked on a national front and a very local front as well,” she said.
Student speaker Dylan Su-Chun Mott spoke of plans to create a coalition of student groups that deal with race issues.
“For so long, we’ve been looking toward this invented majority – read that as white majority – for some kind of legitimacy and for answers and for help. I’m saying if we look to each other then we are no longer in the minority, we are in fact, the majority,” he said.
The event in the Pit was followed by a documentary screening in the Stone Center later that evening. The film, called “Don’t Believe the Hype,” focused on student activism to bring the Stone Center to campus in the 1990s.
“These discussions (in the documentary) sound exactly the same as the ones we’re having now,” Babatunde said.
“We have to remember the history of student activism on this campus. We do have the ability to change our environment. This is just the start.”