The theme of the ceremony was #BlackGraduateLivesMatter. Doris’s speech touched on various issues that she has dealt with and those that the Black community faces daily. It includes words of encouragement and inspiration while also giving a brief lesson on the myth of the “Black Welfare Queen” and #BlackLivesMatter. “I am one of many reasons why society tells us that Black lives don’t matter, and often perceived as a menace to our countries hegemonic, social norms [that are] rooted in slavery, capitalism and patriarchy, ya’ll.”
Watch the full speech below.
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