Million Hoodies Focuses Activism on Students of Color

“This semester saw the creation of Million Hoodies, a new, student of color-driven activist organization at the College. The group is led by President Malcolm Davis, Vice President Jelani McCray, Treasurer Sara Castro, Secretary C’Erra Houston and Campaign Chair Emmanuel Ogundipe, all ’21.

The name comes from the larger national organization called Million Hoodies for Justice, of which the Grinnell College group is part. The national organization was born in response to the February 2012 shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, who was wearing a hoodie at the time. On its website, the organization defines itself as “a grassroots human rights movement of students working together to end gun violence and reimagine safety and justice for all communities.”

According to McCray and Davis, Million Hoodies in Grinnell is one of the newest additions to the national organization.”

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