When Serena Sevasin ’22, Mimi Duncan ’22, and Jaylen Antoine ’22 stepped up into the bed of a pickup truck in the parking lot next to Memorial Fieldhouse and prepared to address the crowd of thousands of people, they knew they were experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Despite having never planned a protest before, these rising juniors and members of the Black Student Union (BSU) struck a chord with the community, organizing the largest Black Lives Matter protest in Tacoma during the summer of 2020.
In their own words, they reflect on the impact of the protest, what it means to give voice to the concerns of Black students on campus, and where they hope the movement goes from here.