Video: AKA President Visits Capitol Hill to Support Target of Campus Racism

Video: AKA President Visits Capitol Hill to Support Target of Campus Racism


A day after Taylor Dumpson, who is an African American woman, was elected to be student body President at American University, nooses and bananas were found hanging in various places on the American University campus.

Dumpson is a member of the historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA).  Today on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers were voting on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and protesters were chanting nearby, Dumpson received support from several sectors.
Members of Congress, the President of the national AKA Sorority and civil rights activists came out to support the American University student and display a show of support in the face of racism.

“We aren’t in a post-racial society,” Dumpson said. “But I think the way to move towards a better society, and a more inclusive society, is to really focus on and appreciate the differences among us. Because what makes us different is very important,” she added. 

Members called for a federal civil rights investigation. 

“This has shaken us to our core, but we’re not going to be stopped,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) at a press conference on the incident near the House steps of the U.S. Capitol. 

Members of Congress who attended the press conference included Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who hosted the event.


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Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.