On February 21, 2017, history was made. The FLHBRC is a product of the 10 demands the Black community at Cal created, otherwise known as the African American Student Initiative, in order to provide a safe space for all Black students, faculty and staff on campus along with resources, support, and a sense of family. After persistent work, organization, and resilience the Black community was finally granted with a resource center named after Fannie Lou Hamer. Fannie Lou Hamer was a Black woman, activist, leader, and organizer from Mississippi who is known for working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Mississippi’s Freedoms Summer, the 1964 Democratic National Convention and many more. She persistently fought for Black voting rights and Black liberation the same way the Black student-leaders at Cal did in order to secure this resource center. The new FLHBRC is tangible evidence that activism, community organizing, and coalitions work.
Those who aided with securing this space for Black individuals, you are much appreciated and we shall "never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over" (Fannie Lou Hamer). We shall continue to fight for space and Black liberation because "nobody's free until everybody's free" (FLH).