Hope & Justice: BSU-UMD Symposium

The BSU-UMD Social Justice Alliance Symposium 2024 honors the Collins family in the wake of their son, Lieutenant Richard W. Collins III’s, tragic murder on the University of Maryland campus nearly seven years ago. This event isn’t solely about mourning, but about the enduring power of hope and the fight for justice.

The theme, “Lift Every Voice,” resonates deeply. It’s a hymn that has long served as a powerful anthem for Black liberation and affirmation. By choosing this theme, the Symposium acknowledges the ongoing struggle for racial equality and the importance of amplifying marginalized voices.

Lieutenant Collins III’s legacy serves as a beacon of inspiration. His memory fuels the Symposium’s commitment to social justice. The event will feature prominent figures who will discuss the vital intersection of art, activism, and social change.Attendees can expect a thought-provoking exploration of these critical issues, along with strategies for creating a more just and equitable world.

The Symposium isn’t just about remembering the past; it’s about paving the way for a brighter future. It’s a call to action, urging participants to embrace justice, hope and actively fight for a world where such tragedies never occur again.

This year’s symposium promises to be a powerful platform for amplifying important conversations. Panelists will likely address a range of topics and the importance of diversity and inclusion in institutions. The event will also likely explore the role that individuals can play in advocating for change, empowering attendees to take action in their own communities.

The BSU-UMD Social Justice Alliance Symposium 2024 is a significant event for the Maryland community and beyond. It’s a testament to the enduring human spirit, our capacity to find hope and justice in the face of adversity, and our unwavering commitment to building a more just world.