The Campus Y will be hosting a Festival of Activism, a celebration of all things related to historical activism at UNC, on Thursday. The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and include speakers, Black and Blue Tours, student film screenings, oral history presentations and more.
Organized in tandem by the Campus Y and the Residence Hall Association, the event aims to emphasize the historical successes of activism on campus and acknowledge the trauma brought on by past mistakes. Students will be given the opportunity to discuss their experiences with activism on campus and learn what a productive approach to activism looks like.
Thilini Weerakkody, co-director of the event, said she wishes for attendees to be able to reflect on how the University’s troubled past coincides with current instances of student-led activism.
“The University has done some really terrible things,” Weerakkody said. “Chapel Hill has perpetuated a lot of problems with racism and violence, and we want to talk about it because when things are quiet and we don’t acknowledge them ... that’s really dangerous.”
The Black and Blue Tours featured at the event are meant to be a way for students to experience the University’s historical relationship with suffering and progress.