5C Black student organizations continue uplifting student experiences

Looking back on their journeys leading 5C Black student organizations, Paris Primm PZ ’22 and Sydney Catherine Jackson SC ’23 affirm the need for more institutional support.

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‘Passing’ film screening and Q&A deepen conversations about race, identity and desire

On Feb. 24, the Pomona College English and Media Studies Departments hosted a screening of the 2021 film “Passing,” accompanied by a discussion with Pomona English professor Cherene Sherrard-Johnson and Pomona theater and dance professor Carolyn Ratteray.

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Editor’s note about “Illuminating 5C Black legacies”

To contribute to Black History Month this year, TSL is doing what we do best: bringing stories into the light. In this case, our news team has spent weeks and, in some cases, months, trawling through archives at Honnold Mudd and Denison libraries, examining old copies of TSL and the Claremont Collegian and gathering oral accounts from alumni who were on campus throughout pivotal parts of the struggle for justice, representation and equity.

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Before Inside-Out and PAYS, Danny Wilks PO ’71 brought activism into the community

Teaching partnerships between incarcerated people in California and the 5Cs might seem like a recent development. But in the late 1960s, student members of Pomona College’s Black Studies Center developed an educational program for prisoners in Chino, led by BSU founder Danny Wilks PO ’71. 

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From Black student admissions to Black-centered curriculum, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ‘69 paved the way

From Compton to Claremont to Kalamazoo, Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran PO ’69 has been a trailblazer in the field of education her entire life. What started as activism in her teenage years only grew stronger as an undergraduate at Pomona College, carrying through in her years in Nigeria and as president of Kalamazoo College.

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