On the date of February 20th, at 11:30 A.M., my boyfriend and I stepped into the auditorium in the Dunwoody campus. We walked into the building and found a man seated behind a table in front of the lecture room. He shouted, “Everybody sign here!” I looked around and saw everyone crowding near this man passing around clipboards. Both of us quickly walked over and glanced at the paper that was being passed around. I wrote my name, class, and professor. We then walked into the big auditorium and saw a couple of friends seated in the back of the room. I smiled and waved hello, then walked towards the front to get a better view of the stage. I was surprised to see a significantly large amount of people in the auditorium. After everyone settled in, I was able to pull out my pen and paper to take notes. This being my first event at GPC, I was not too sure what to expect, but in the end I was able to learn some things about the history of many significant female leaders in America’s history.
Dr. Jaqueline spoke about the history of African American women and how they were mistreated. One of the most phenomenal woman in female African American history was a lady named Ella Baker. The type of woman Ella, described to be by Dr. Jaqueline, was a sassy and bossy young lady. One of the reasons that led her to become an activist in the movement was her grandmother being whipped for not marrying a man her owner commanded her to. After this happened, Ella grew up and took on a major role in a group called the SNCC (The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) and later on chose to spend her time helping African American kids go to public schools in New York without discrimination. This really stood out to me because she was not afraid like many of the slaves but instead, was determined to make a difference for her grandmother and people.
My first experience at a GPC academic event was very different than what I had expected it to be. Many...
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