In a matter of minutes at the Davenport NAACP's annual Freedom Fund Banquet in September, members stepped up to support a new St. Ambrose NAACP campus chapter.
"They raised $920 on the spot," said Ryan Saddler '95, '06 MEd, the recently appointed SAU director of diversity. "In five minutes. It was really, really neat."
Banquet attendees were responding to a request by speaker Kameron Middlebrooks, who noted the ongoing battle for equal rights won't be won by an aging older guard.
"One of the main things this speaker emphasized is that many of the struggles through the years were fought by college-aged youth," Saddler said. "I think that's what they're looking at. Who has the voice and the energy? It's the youth."
The creation of the first NAACP campus chapter in several years will continue an intentional effort to increase diversity at St. Ambrose. Saddler said starting a campus chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) also is under consideration.