From the nomination submitted by Marina Rodriguez —
On December 10th, the Oklahoma Universal Human Rights
Alliance will honor human rights heroes from around our
great state. A recognition program will take place at the
State Capitol. More information can be found here:
Unheard is a movement dedicated to enact change and address various grievances aimed towards Black students at the University of Oklahoma.
Before the SAE scandal at the University of Oklahoma, OU Unheard students were organizing, protesting, and making their voices heard for all black students who felt they were being left out of the discussion.
Their group has continued to work vigorously to demand equal opportunities on the campus not only for black students but for all peoples of color. After the blatantly racist video from SAE surfaced, they stepped into the spotlight as the leaders of change and opened up a conversation that was so needed. National news coverage took over the campus but they remained organized and their words were more powerful and necessary than ever before. For the first time at OU (and all over Oklahoma) faculty, staff, and students had to address the inequality so many black students face everyday. I’m so incredibly moved by this group.
“OU Unheard” in the news:
“Black University of Oklahoma students urge change after racist video”
“OU Unheard to receive award for equality efforts”
The Oklahoma Daily, 10/14/2015
“Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.”
–Article 6 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights