Tennessee State University

Hoodied Up: TSU Tigers Host Trayvon Martin Tribute

Photos by TSU Student Tervell V. Smith

All across the nation, students, faculty and administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) are galvanizing the push for justice in the death of 17 year-old Trayvon Martin. Students at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee gathered on Friday, March 23 in tribute to the life of young Martin.

In addition to calling for justice in the case, students were reminded by President Portia Holmes Shields, who also wore a hoodie in tribute, of the relevance of the school’s motto “Think. Work. Serve.”

“You’ve demonstrated that you are thinking. Now, the next thing we need to do is to work. Not just by wearing this [hoodie], but by asking what can we do to make sure this kind of injustice never happens again,” said Shields. “Don’t forget when you are making strides towards success, working in school and helping other people, you are doing it in the name of Trayvon Martin, and it is good, honest, work.”

The student-led effort was a co-operative effort by the Student Government Association and Leaders of the New School (LOTNS) group.

Me (rear center) with LOTNS and TSU SGA President Maximilian Cole

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