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DSI Lecture Series | The Black Menaces: Social Media, Race, and Activism on College Campuses

Nate Byrd, Kennethia Dorsey, Kylee Shepherd, Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, Rachel Weaver in Conversation with Apryl Williams
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM
1010 Weiser Hall Map
The Black Menaces are a coalition of students from various universities across the nation fighting to empower marginalized communities through social media.

Through social media platforms like Tik Tok, Instagram, and Twitter they highlight how PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions) do not create safe spaces for marginalized students. The Black Menaces highlight overt and covert racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and more through questions. They share the stories and experiences of any and all marginalized students.

As the Black Menaces, they seek to make all necessary changes at universities across the nation to ensure the mental, emotional, and physical safety of all students. Through reforming the curriculum, systems, and management change will occur to make equitable standards.

Join the Digital Studies Institute for a panel conversation with the Black Menaces leadership team Nate Byrd, Kennethia Dorsey, Kylee Shepherd, Sebastian Stewart-Johnson, Rachel Weaver with Professor Apryl Williams to learn about the creation of the Black Menaces movement and to discuss the use of social media as a tool for activism on college campuses.

Learn more about the Black Menaces at

We want to make our events accessible to all participants. This event will be a hybrid event with both a physical meeting space and an online meeting space. Please register in advance for the online Zoom Webinar here:

Please register for the physical meeting space at the University of Michigan’s Central Campus:

CART will be provided. If you anticipate needing accommodations to participate, please email the Digital Studies Institute at Please note that some accommodations must be arranged in advance and we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Activism, african and african american studies, african and afroamerican studies, american culture, Digital Culture, Digital Cultures, Digital Media, Digital Studies, Digital Studies Institute, digital technology, Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Digital Studies Institute, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of American Culture, Multi Ethnic Student Affairs - MESA, Department of Sociology, Communication and Media, School of Social Work, Community Action Social Change Undergraduate Minor, School of Social Work Diversity Equity and Inclusion