Take the Field Challenge!

Announcing the “Take the Field” Challenge, a new campaign that seeks to inspire, train and engage Black college students in acts of civil disobedience that can lead to real influence on campus and in their larger community. The name, a nod to the popular refrain “taking the field” or “getting in the game,” is often used during homecoming season, which starts this month, and is a way for students to build community.

The campaign is primarily focused on historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and will empower students to take up issues such as voting rights, campaign finance reform, and the elimination of student debt on college campuses nationwide. In doing so, it taps into a rich tradition of student activism, particularly at HBCUs, which famously led protests during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the anti-war movement of the 1970s, and the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980s. Read our full statement here.

 

The Mission

Take the Field is part of BVM’s mission to expand Black voter engagement and increase progressive power, starting at the grassroots level. The campaign will include capacity-building training for student teams to provide guidance on what campus activism can look like and how best to prepare. Here’s how we’re making that happen:

  • BVM will provide $500 awards to 50 student-led groups
  • We’ll also be hosting trainings and providing additional materials to help students organize more effectively
  • We’ll provide opportunities for amplification of your work, so that student voices reach a larger audience

Like the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, youth activism is critical to the protection of our democracy and ensuring that Black communities are treated fairly and equitably. We can’t wait to partner with you, our future leaders!

Check out this video of our Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cliff Albright, discussing the importance of civil disobedience.

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If you have any questions please contact: info@blackvotersmatterfund.org.