A group of African Americans students at the University of California, Berkeley affiliated with the Black Student Union, have made a list of 10 demands and delivered them to Chancellor Nick Dirks.
The students want the university to place greater emphasis on increasing student diversity and making the campus a more welcoming place for African Americans. The students have called for the hiring of two Black psychologists who are experienced in dealing with people who have suffered racial discrimination. The students also want the university to hire advisers who will mentor Black students and African American athletes at the university and admissions officers experienced in recruiting African American students.
A further demand called for the renaming of a building after Assata Shakur (a.k.a. JoAnne Chesimard), a former Black Panther and member of the Black Liberation Army. In 1977, she was convicted of murdering a New Jersey State Trooper. Shakur escaped from prison and is now living in exile in Cuba. She was the first woman to be named to the list of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists.
Shakur says she is a “20th-century escaped slave.” Her version of events leading to her arrest and exile can be found here.