For release: March 24, 2011
For press information, contact Student Activities Council, 901-678-8679
The Student Activities Council at the University will host the “Writing on the Wall”
Project on the U of M’s Student Plaza April 4-8. The wall is a physical representation
of the words, acts, and scenarios that divide people. Each cinder block will be designed
by a member of the campus community to represent a real life experience or emotion
based on discrimination that an individual has faced. The blocks will depict the history
of various forms of discrimination experienced by people every day. The wall will
demonstrate the barrier to a brighter tomorrow that individuals will face unless the
issues illustrated by the words written on the blocks are addressed, then “torn down.”
In spring 2009, more than 300 students, faculty, and staff contributed cinder blocks,
sharing the words and phrases that have hurt them. At the end of the week, more than
500 individuals of all different races, nationalities, abilities, orientations, and
religions came together to ceremonially dismantle the wall, symbolically eradicating
hatred and the barriers that hatred creates in society. The U of M community will
have the opportunity to be a part of this project again by contributing cinder blocks,
having intentional discussions, and symbolically destroying barriers by coming together
to tear down the wall.
Students on campuses nationwide have created walls as part of the project. At the
U of M, the Writing on the Wall Project is a part of the eighth annual “Why Do You
Hate Me?” Week, which addresses issues of discrimination. The week also will feature
a keynote speech by Arun Ghandi April 4 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Theatre, Homosexuality
for Sale (an interactive discussion addressing privileges), and the Tunnel of Oppression
(an interactive simulation of discrimination) April 6 and 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the
University Center Ballroom.
Students, faculty, and staff have the opportunity to contribute cinder blocks to the
project. There are open sessions for painting cinder blocks now through March 29 in
University Center Involvement Zone, Room 227 A. Individuals are welcome to decorate
cinder blocks during the operating hours of the University Center.
An informational video about the Writing on the Wall Project is online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3JpUThJXPs.
More information about the U of M’s Writing on the Wall Project is available online
at www.memphis.edu/sac or by phone at 901-678-8679.