America’s history tells us, if we are willing to listen, hear one another, and agree upon a plan, we are capable of defeating any foe. And yet, we have failed to defeat the hate, ignorance and unfounded fear that, continues to plague our society and threaten our democracy. We believe we must have an empathetic, well-founded, and meaningful debate to address these issues.
UMD BSU SOCIAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE
On October, 1 2020 the University of Maryland and Bowie State University announced an education partnership in honor of LT Collins to build a culture of understanding and inclusion between the two campus communities.
“Rick and I are hoping and believing that this will be a model that would be taken across the country for a predominantly white institution along with a historically Black institution coming together and speaking about the ills associated with social justice."
~ Dawn said at the partnership announcement
The schools will host an annual symposium about social justice, hold biannual seminars for students and will work with a team of faculty members to weave social justice into every discipline on campus, and work with student-led groups.
HATE CRIME LAW
On 1 October 2020, the Richard Collins Hate Crime Law went into effect. Now an act of violence against a protected class motivated by hate “either in whole or in substantial part” is considered a hate crime.
Thanks to the hard work of so many, we believe the Richard Collins Hate Crime Law is a model worthy of consideration and adoption by every state legislature and the U.S. Congress.
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