Cydni Holloway

Racial Justice

2018

Birthright Africa is an organization on Emory University’s campus that seeks to connect Black students to their roots in Africa through a year-long fellowship program that includes a trip to a specific country in Africa. This program is important and vital for Black students because it is our birthright to visit our homeland. This right has been taken away from millions of Black people. In order to bridge the gap and give Black students this opportunity, this program has been created. Birthright Africa belongs on Emory’s campus because the campus was built on slave labor. Additionally, plenty of Emory’s founders supported the secession of the confederacy in order to keep slave labor legal in the south. The program serves as a unique and effective way that Emory can continue to promote the diversity and equity sectors of its mission statement.