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Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement: “We have to look at structural racism”

Students hold signs in protest while listening to

By Samantha Jones Toal

February 21, 2016

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when three women created the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.EJ“It broke my heart. I felt like I got punched in the gut,” said Opal Tometi, co-founder of the movement, during h...

The voice behind “Orange is the New Black”

Piper Kerman takes a selfie with the audience of the lecture on her book, “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” at the Illini Union on Wednesday. Kerman’s boook was adapted into the hit Netflix original series.

December 4, 2014

Some may argue going to prison “destroyed their lives,” but for Piper Kerman, it made her famous. Author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” Kerman visited the University to speak about her book, which was selected as the University of Illinois’ One Book, One Campu...