Across the nation, voices are still speaking, protests are still marching, blood is still shedding, and the movement is still alive—but what happens now that the media and general public are losing their interest in the Black Lives Matter movement?

At Colorado College, Assistant Professor of Dance Anusha Kedhar, Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies Heidi R. Lewis, and Black Student Union Co-Chair Raidel Moreno (‘17) have all tapped into their personal and professional backgrounds to continue the conversation.

Kedhar recently published an op-ed piece in the New York Times, “Choreography and Gesture Play an Important Role in Protests.” Her piece is an expansion of the presentation she gave at the Race & Ethnic Studies Roundtable Discussion on Ferguson this past September.

“Dance studies can also address what’s happening in our world and in the current moment,” said Kedhar. “I think doing the more immediate or public activist work, and [then] having the more scholarly peer-reviewed publications, I think they help create that conversation across academia and activism. They also help legitimize and support each other.”

Another driving force behind the continuity of this conversation here in Colorado Springs has been Assistant Professor Heidi R. Lewis of Colorado College. Lewis was a featured speaker this past weekend at the “Black Life Matters Conference” in Tucson, Ariz., where she served on a panel discussing black sexuality.

Lewis deems herself a theoretical activist due to the newfound degradation and abuse of theory associated with liberalism and progressivism that have come about as many people in our society attempt to communicate a need for action.

“Of course, the legal system, including police, attorneys, the jury, and the judge, is responsible for the state-sanctioned killing of black and brown folk, but…this would not be possible without white capitalist, ablest, ageist, hetero-patriarchal supremacist theories about Black people,” said Lewis.

Along with Lewis, Assistant Professor of Theatre Idris Goodwin has also used his discipline to spark discussion in the community. He recently contributed to “Hands Up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments,” a collection of monologues exploring different feelings surrounding the institutional profiling of black men.

“We must applaud any and all efforts,” said Goodwin. “There is value of any act that goes against the current order of things. I reserve 100 percent of my criticism to those who abuse power, who oppress. If it is ‘cool’ to speak out, I think that’s good. It’s better than the usual which is to say nothing.”

With Black History Month just around the corner, Colorado College’s Black Student Union is busy planning events that will bring light to new perspectives surrounding racial inequality in the U.S.

Raidel Moreno, a member of BSU, commented that the group is planning to provide buses that will transport students to local showings of “Selma” as well as sponsor a wide range of panels during the month. Black History Month will officially kick off Jan. 30.

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