Editor’s Note: For the remainder of the school year, The University Star will take on “The 11% Project”, an examination of Black students at Texas State through History, Election, Hometowns, Activism, Creatives, Mentorship and 10 years from now. 

Language of the Unheard: Election

During the month of November, The Star will release a five-part audio series, as part of The 11% Project, covering aspects of the election from the perspective of Black students at Texas State.

For this installment of Language of the Unheard, The Star talked to Black students at polls and around campus to find out their thoughts on voting, the upcoming election, the candidates, the various issues surrounding them and the representation of Black people in politics.

The main take away? The students interviewed have recognized voting as an imperative civic duty despite the lack of representation in political candidates. They vote hoping that others who look like them will show up on ballots in the future and that the efforts of those who fought and died for civil rights did not do so in vain.

Students featured: Texas State health sciences senior Johnathan Ashe, criminal justice senior Cree Taylor, psychology senior Dominisha Hackett, management junior Kiyana Forrest, microbiology senior Alaina Mgbere, psychology freshman Jasmine Robinson, criminal justice senior Michael Smith and electronic media senior Alexis Patterson.

Original soundtrack by Nosakhare Aduwa.

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