Not a One-Time Deal

Jazmin Simmons, ’17, Interdisciplinary Studies, is involved with the UMBC for Ferguson organizing effort.

A proper thank you and acknowledgment can never be late when you mean it. I want to say thank you to each and every UMBC activist (and now friend) for showing up this past week and standing up for something you believe in.

Believing in a cause is one thing. A person can respect that. But when you take action, a person can honor you.

We don’t need hashtag names, published books, a political agenda, or dream to become the next Dali Lama, MLK or any other philanthropist. By showing up and sharing your thoughts, you become someone to honor and respect. You may not realize it now, but you are a strong leader in your own way. And I am forever thankful to see everyone come together for a common goal.

This is easily one of the most diverse, progressive, honest, strong, dynamic, intelligent, positive groups on campus and we have a lot to prove to our campus.

As you may know, this past week was not a one-time deal. Forever, these events will be ingrained within us. And I only hope you will continue to find your passion and do GOOD for your community.

The end semester is near, and there are still some questions you may not have answered for yourself:

What can I do to be a better ally for Baltimore?
Who should I contact?
What organizations can I join?

So here, I present a new challenge to you all. Bring one new person to the UMBC for Ferguson: A Community Activist Teach-in event on Thursday, May 7th (8:00 p.m., Sports Zone, The Commons). This could be a friend, teacher, stranger, or a cardboard cutout of some celebrity.

I hope we can answer all of your questions, and prepare everyone to stay active in your community.

Again I thank all of you for sharing your big hearts and standing up for what’s right.

Enjoy life. Forever peace.

Contact the author, Jazmin Simmons, at


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