The summer of 2020 became a forum for racial justice, with protests nationwide over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans by law enforcement. Among the voices: Black student-athletes at Oregon State University, who used their social media platforms to speak up about their own experiences and speak out against systemic racism.
They also launched a new platform — Dam Change — to educate, empower and enhance the experience of Black student-athletes and staff. Driven by student-athletes and supported by Oregon State Athletics, Dam Change is helping lead the fight against racism and inequality within the athletics community, across OSU and beyond.
Jaydon Grant — Football
It is far past the time to address these issues not only in our country, but in suburban communities like West Linn specifically. It is time for change, and I stand on that! Come support and please share this post‼️✊? #BLACKLIVESMATTER pic.twitter.com/ck3SKQI64W— Jaydon Grant (@JaydonGrant) June 16, 2020
Madison Ellsworth — Women’s Soccer
Isis Lowery — Women’s Gymnastics
Nya Buckner — Women’s Volleyball
Gianni Hunt — Men’s Basketball
Joel Walker — Men’s Soccer
Today, our student-athletes launch #DamChange, a platform to educate, empower, and enhance the experience of Black student-athletes and staff.— The Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) July 14, 2020
Take two minutes. Hear their experiences. Then help us create #DamChange.
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