The New York Times recently featured seven student activists who “are demanding change, leading people of all backgrounds to talk about issues that have lain dormant for decades. What do they want? Inclusion and representation—now.”
One of those students profiled was Nailah Harper-Malveaux, a senior at Yale University. Harper-Malveaux is American studies/theater studies, and is the director of theatrical productions telling the stories of African Americans.
Her Creole mother is a civil rights lawyer turned law professor and her father, who is Cherokee and Macanese, from Macau, is U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Council. “I’ve been surrounded by social justice and law my whole life,” Harper-Malveaux told the New York Times. “I don’t look white but I don’t look black, either. I identify as Indian and black. Because I’m mixed I have been very conscious of race my whole life, which is probably why I’ve participated in so many political events at Yale.”
What she wants is a more inclusive Yale. She told the NYT that dialogue is a huge step, but there is more to do. “There’s a dearth of voices of women of color in the Yale theater community. Black women are at the bottom of the totem pole. When you free women of color, you free everyone,” she told the New York Times.
Read the whole story at NYTimes.com.