Protest and Oral History at Muhlenberg College

So We Marched Now What?

Coverage of the Women's March in The Muhlenberg Weekly.

The Muhlenberg Weekly, December 4, 2014

The Weekly coverage of student protests after Darren Wilson grand jury decision.

Muhlenberg student activism can be documented through a number of sources, including the campus newspaper, oral history interviews, and of course, social media. Many students participate in forms of activism and protest on a daily basis. Some have attended the women's march on Washington, the science march, sustain the environment march on campus, the YIK YAK town hall meeting, events in Allentown, travel ban walk through campus in early 2017. These events provide opportunities for Muhlenberg College studemts to come together around shared perspectives, concerns, and hopes. Social media plays a role in the lives of students, both positively and negatively. It has been used by students to organize and spread word of protests and demonstrations, gather an audience, talk about the event, share one's experience, as well as instances where social media has been used to cause damage and harm to many students. 

The Muhlenberg Weekly has covered recent student protests, including the Science March, and most notably student activism in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement.  On November 24, 2014, after the announcement of a grand jury's decision to exonerate the police officer who shot and killed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, students gathered at midnight in Parents' Plaza, chanting "No justice, no peace" and "hands up, don't shoot."  Ten days later, students held a sit in at Seegers Union over the New York grand jury's decision to not indict Daniel Panteleo, the NYPD  officer who shot and killed Eric Garner. Students at the sit in held signs that read "I can't breathe" and "KNow Justice". Many students sang and chanted to protest the decision. Local media coverage of the protest can be viewed here. Recently, The Weekly used its editorial page to call on students to step up for racial justice.
These are some recent examples of the protests organized by Muhlenberg students via social media. Greg Kantor, The Muhlenberg Weekly editor, noted in his oral history interview, the important role of Facebook as a tool students use to inform and organize protests and demonstrations. The Weekly is responsible for covering events that happen on and off campus relating to Muhlenberg, and has shown growing interest in trying to tell the stories of student protests and politial activism. More recently, The Weekly has covered The Women's March on Washington, and The Science March. In this oral history interview, Greg discusses issues realting to social media, ethics, The Muhlenberg Weekly and its attempts to raise awareness about protest and activism on and off campus. 

In another interview with Illisa Kaufman, a current sophomore at Muhlenberg, we hear a different perspective on the march from someone who was present. Illisa attended with her mom, Ms. Kaufman, whose thoughts on the march are also recorded here

Protest and Oral History at Muhlenberg College