MSNBC Brings #GrowingHope College Tour to TSU During Communication Week
By Serbino Sandifer-Walker
MSNBC brought its #GrowingHope college tour to Texas Southern University on April 25.
The tour was created to generate a national discussion on issues that matter to people in their communities.
TSU journalism major Alisha Sullivan said the tour was a very innovative way to start a national dialogue.
“I think the tour shines a light on millenials and their visions for the future,” said Sullivan.
MSNBC’s Alex Wagner hosted a live show from 3p.m.-4p.m. on the university plaza.
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, who represents Congressional District 18, where TSU is located, spoke about multiple issues including civil rights and immigration.
“You are at a university that has educated more Hispanic lawyers than probably any other law school in the nation,” said Jackson Lee. “It is a university that was born out of segregation but opens its doors to all people.”
Jackson Lee challenged the Speaker of the House, John Beohner, and her congressional colleagues to get immigration reform passed this year.
Wagner also spoke to local and national journalists about a controversy simmering between Texas and the Bureau of Land Management over 90 acres of land near the Red River in North Texas.
The tour included multiple interactive platforms including a Tree of Hope, garden topics and a blue room, where visitors typed out their hopes and planted them in the gardens.
TSU student James Webb chronicled his experience by writing about his hopes for the future of the nation.
“I hope for increased unity among all Americans regardless of race to make this nation better,” James Webb wrote on a paper petal and planted it in the garden of topics.
The tour coincided with the School of Communication ‘Communication Week’ activities, which focused on the global impact of African-American music. The week also featured a film festival, alumni highlights and the Dean of Communication’s Stellar Awards.