Story by Sarah Bach
Shauna Barket has roots in two small towns: Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and Powell, Ohio. She is proud of how both predominantly white communities responded to the Black Lives Matter Movement with peaceful protests and solidarity with Black Americans. Barket, a fashion and retail studies student, started advocating for the renewed civil rights movement by donating, signing petitions, speaking on her social media and educating herself.
“People don’t realize that one of the biggest steps you can take in all of this is educating yourself on what institutional racism is, what it looks like and what you can do to dismantle it,” she said.
Three days after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer, protests against police brutality began at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. With COVID-19 still spreading, Barket didn’t want to risk catching and transmitting the virus. But she wanted to join the movement.
So, she put her fashion skills to use. Barket designed shirts to fundraise for organizations that empower Black individuals and challenge racial injustices.