Gucci Mane’s 1017 label has spread their love through a 2021 HBCU tour. Rappers Big Fizzle, Big Scarr, Enchanting, Hotboy Wes and Bigwalk Dog went to Jackson State University and Morehouse College but not to perform. The collaborated to joined students in a sit-in protest against the Washington, D.C.-based university’s poor housing conditions. Students at Howard University began protests on October 12th, according to FOX 5 DC and we have been able to keep up with the label’s involvement via social media.
“We’re still here! Students you are the revolution. We are the revolution. This is not okay,” Scarr’s manager wrote. The videos show the label in solidarity with HU students. During the protests, students organized a sit-in at the Blackburn Student Center on campus. This peaceful protest was to let administration know they did not approve of the conditions within the school’s dormitories. As we go into the new semester, the students demand better conditions as they have been dealing with water leaks, roaches, rats and mold. These protests have come with demands as they deserve living conditions the promote a healthy learning environment and is worth the thousands for dollars in student loans.
“Howard University represents a long-standing tradition of using our voices to drive change. The student voice is – and always will be – an essential component of the Howard University community. Simply put, we hear you and we continue to welcome your viewpoints on all matters pertaining to Howard,” reads a statement from Howard’s Board of Trustees. They continued by saying “Over the past few months, we have been working tirelessly with the administration and in close partnership with our student and faculty leaders to create solutions to the issues the community has raised. We recognize the urgency at hand and share your passion. We also know that many of these issues will take time to resolve. The board supports and encourages the administration’s open, constructive dialogue with students…As Bison, you deserve the best we have to offer, and we pledge to be better and deliver just that.”