Marcus Lee, special events and programming coordinator for Safe Space at HBCU (Historically Black College & University) Morehouse College authors an empowering article for EBONY.com, "Clouds of Purple Cover Morehouse College for Spirit Day," stressing the power of bringing forth personal narratives that bridge straight and LGBT communities, particularly for African American men. GLAAD applauds our many community members, like Morehouse College Safe Space, who are going purple and creating significant conversations in their communities and creating unparalleled awareness about Spirit Day.
The Safe Space program prides itself on “engaging in the struggle to create a safe and respecting campus that openly addresses the issues of homophobia and sexuality, while offering resources and information that pertain to safety.”
In the midst of homophobia and discrimination, the Safe Space program put together a chilling, and heart-warming video campaign, proclaiming, "I stand proud and I wear purple" to advocate for inclusion and awareness on the campus.
In the article, Lee states:
Spirit Day is serene for GBTQ students of color because it helps to spark the much-needed conversation surrounding the effects of moralizing and norming sexuality and gender. It is a chance for campus administrators, faculty, and staff to teach students how to be secure in their sexuality and gender—to embrace their differences and to see the value in plurality. The clouds of purple that will cover campuses are invitations to discussions of our discomfort, deceit, distress, and denial.
The video campaign features: Kyeré Wright, Ja'Mal Lewis, Marcus Lee, Tamario House, Bummah Ndeh, Addison Demoss, Kenneht Pass, Moriba Cummings, Nakhil Selby and Keith Jones. You can also go behind the scenes to get another inspiring glimpse of Safe Space creating their campaign, here.
Happy Spirit Day!
Today is SPIRIT DAY, MCSS encourages you to spread the word and wear purple. We are against all forms of... fb.me/1DRtMppKt
— MC Safe Space (@MHouseSafeSpace) October 19, 2012