#BlackAndHooded Celebrates Black Master's Degree Grads
The current class of black millennial college graduates are notoriously lit!
June 01, 2017 at 2:28 pm
From flawlessly decorated graduation caps to swag surfin’ at commencement ceremonies, the current class of black millennial college graduates are notoriously lit! Adding to this trend, two grad school graduates started hashtag movement, #BlackAndHooded to celebrate graduates who have achieved advanced degrees. Created by Indiana University alumnus Anthony Wright and Columbia University alumnus Brian Allen, what began as a tweet has now aggregated thousands of graduation photos across social media.
— Ant (@AyyoAnt) April 26, 2017
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Wright shared his motivation for starting the hashtag. “Seeing people like you in any educational or professional space is important in planting the seed of believing you can be there, and by using the hashtag across social media platforms, I sought to create a large pool of that representation across regions, institution types and areas of interest,” he said.
55 years ago, this wouldn't have happened at the University of Mississippi. Mr. James Meredith….. If it were not for you, we would not be where we are today. Thank you for fighting for our rights. Because of you, we can. And I am forever grateful. We are #BlackAndHooded. Nobody can take that away from us. Now, it's our turn to make a difference. #BlackHistory #BlackMagic
Wright and Allen shared that another motivation for the campaign was to change the stereotypes associated with black people in hoodies.
We see you grads out here. Keep up the good work.
— Femi Dirac (@PhDirac) June 1, 2017