University of Michigan's Black Student Union members speak out for change

Students seek more affordable campus housing, bigger budget, multicultural center, more black history classes

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - University of Michigan's Black Student Union members are speaking out.

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the students rallied outside Hill Auditorium, calling for school leaders to meet seven specific demands.

"In a lot of my classes, especially my upper-level classes, I'm one out of three African Americans," said student Arnold Reed.

The students are asking for more blacks to be accepted to the university, a bigger budget for the Black Student Union to do more and more affordable central campus housing.

"Because I know a lot of the black students here have to resort to going to Ypsilanti in order to afford housing. Then they don't feel included on campus," said Geralyn Gaines, Black Student Union secretary.

Black student leaders also want a new multicultural center in central campus instead of Trotter Hall, which they say is 10-15 minutes away.

"Why does it have to be on fraternity row? Why does it have to be falling apart? We need a place that we can call our own on central campus," said student Capri'Nara Kendall.

They also are calling for more classes and education on race and black history. The bottom is the students want change.

"I don't want 20 years from now when I decide to have kids and they decide to come to college that these problems will still be here," said Kendall.

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