Walker speaks at the Hussey Room in the Michigan Union
yesterday about the evolution of activisim.
night in the Michigan League, author Rebecca Walker
encouraged students and community members to exchange
the traditional forms of activism, such as boycotts
and marches, for a search for inner happiness and
can change laws and make new policy, but this will
not guarantee our happiness. Walker said.
speech was part of a series of events taking place this
month at the University in honor of Black History Month,
with the theme Loud Words, Louder Actions.
think the loudest action we can take is to become a better
human being, more loving, more compassionate and less aggressive,
first book, Black, White and Jewish: Autobiography
of a Shifting Self, reflected on her experiences growing
up in a biracial family, with a black mother and a Jewish
father. Her parents were both active in the civil rights
movement, and her mother won the Pulitzer Prize for her
book The Color Purple.
up in an activist family, Walker said she was once a very
militant activist. Over the course of time, she said she
realized the true path of activism is an inner journey.
are not spending enough time cultivating ourselves, cultivating
our highest expectations for who we can be as human beings,
evolution of activism particularly in the civil rights
movement was a theme in her speech. Walker noted
that while the boycotts and marches were effective in the
past, they are not appropriate now.
we do all that, what is going to be left of us?
who attended agreed with Walker on the need for a union
between introspection and activism.
was very refreshing to hear someone articulate the things
that I often feel, University alum Avani Bhatt said.
also said she enjoyed the way Walker incorporated spiritual
ideas into politics.
junior Carla Thomas said the part of the speech that she
found most compelling was when Walker stated that it is
not enough to focus on the problems imposed by other people,
such as being denied civil rights.
can no longer exclusively look outward, Thomas said.
however, wished Walker would have gone into detail on how
exactly to act on the ideas presented.
provided a wonderful plan on how to change the world, but
no real way to implement it, LSA sophomore Nick Israel
Townsel-Dye, coordinator for the Minority Peer Advisor Program
and also a member of the Black History Month planning committee,
said the committee chose Walker to speak because of her
feminist and activist viewpoints.
she looked at activism from a different perspective kind
of makes you think, Townsel-Dye said.
was very intellectual, very thoughtful, one of the best
speakers that Ive heard on campus, said Frederic
MacDonald-Dennis, planning committee member and director
of the Office of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Affairs.
was named one of the 50 future leaders of America by Time
magazine, and also co-founded the Third Wave Foundation,
a national nonprofit organization dedicated to developing
young female activists and leaders.