Events Spark Activism
Questioning Emory’s stated commitments to diversity and equality
The climate on campus in 1990 was tense, as multiple events that year and in years prior had called into question Emory’s stated commitments to diversity and equality. Two sexual assaults and the vandalism of a student’s room within a month of each other would be the catalyst for more activism by Black students.
April of 1990
SARI’s demands were presented in April of 1990 to President Laney and addressed many of the same concerns raised in the 1969 BSA demands. The administration reacted negatively to the demands with public statements by President Laney concluding the demands “violate the principles of openness.”
Need for Change
Task Force on Security and Responsibility
Following a tumultuous beginning of the semester, the Task Force on Security and Responsibility released its report to the Emory community. The report’s primary focus was sexual violence but included a few provisions for increasing training related to racial sensitivity. While President Laney didn’t agree to meet these demands directly, he would eventually state his intention to address specific issues.