NCBA Supports BVM Water Collection Event at NC A&T
On Friday, September 16, the North Carolina Black Alliance supported Black Voters Matter and North Carolina A&T State University in a water collection event addressing the environmental justice crisis in Jackson, Mississippi. The crisis in Jackson was exacerbated after decades of neglect and infrastructure issues.
Jackson has faced recurring past disruptions with underlying causes that were not addressed. A recent Washington Post article noted that racism is likely an issue because Jackson’s population is 83 percent Black, and communities of color have long been likelier victims of drinking water violations in the United States. Members of our campus engagement and environmental justice teams were dispatched to the event to help bring attention to this environmental and racial justice issue.
The campus community collected 432 cases of water, including donations from the following campus sororities and fraternities: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity. The water collected will be distributed to various communities and neighborhoods impacted by the water crisis in Jackson.