BLSA-MLSA Solidarity Letter

Dear Concerned Members of the Georgetown Law Community:

Last semester, in anticipation of the general election, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), with the support of Campus Ministry, hosted “Hoodies to Hijabs: A Necessary Conversation About Race, Religion, and Politics” in hopes of facilitating dialogue surrounding the impact of racism and xenophobia in our political climate. In addition to emphasizing the unique experience of black Muslim immigrants whose identities lie at the intersection of marginalized racial and religious groups, audience members and panelists were challenged to embrace their role as both symbolic and action-oriented allies in the fight for equality and justice for all.

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Georgetown BLSA’s Post-Election Response

To Concerned Members of Georgetown’s Black Law Students Association and the Larger Global Community:

On November 8, 2016, Americans voted to elect the 45th President of the United States. Despite Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote, Donald J. Trump, a candidate whose divisive rhetoric has incited fear, anger, and despair in millions of Americans, earned enough electoral votes to claim the title of America’s next Commander-in-Chief.

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2016-17 Theme: I Rise, You Rise, We Rise.

“I Rise, You Rise, We Rise.” This year’s theme reflects the type of BLSA community we hope to create at Georgetown, the impact of which will extend beyond the boundaries of our campus. Each of us is striving to fulfill our dreams. As we work to see our goals come to fruition, we understand that this work is not solely for ourselves. Our success will affect our families, communities, and future generations. So we toil with intention, ensuring that our work will further the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of those who made our current achievements possible. We grind, knowing that our efforts are simultaneously bringing the Community up with us. As a collective unit, with each individual contributing in their own way, we can drive out the injustice that oppresses and stifles the prosperity of our people.


We Are the Dreams of Our Ancestors. When we encounter difficult times in our lives, schools or professions, we can think back on the adversity our ancestors, grandparents, and parents faced so that we might have the opportunities to live a better life. We can garner strength recounting their struggle and relentless perseverance despite the difficulties. With this history in our minds and tenacity in our hearts, we press on through the challenges life may bring.


Bridging the Gap, Blazing the Trail. We have a lot to be grateful for. The world we inherit is far better than the overtly racist and terror-filled atmosphere faced by our predecessors, but the work is not yet finished. We have the responsibility to use our relative privilege to bridge the gaps in any way that we can. This means, as an organization, we provide our members with the resources and opportunities to help them be successful in law school and their legal careers. This also means, as individuals, we build relationships with one another that will lead to a more robust network of successful black attorneys who positively impact their communities. In doing so, we will become the trailblazers for future generations. They will inherit the world that we have created for them – one filled with hope, privilege and the same impetus to make the world a better place.