"As we honor Juneteenth and the spirit of emancipatory power, we free ourselves by freeing our language to speak back openly to recent communications regarding the loss of Black lives."
The Hurston-James Society wrote an open letter which was published in The Chronicle on June 19, 2020. Six of the signers are History graduate students: Aaron Colston, Tayzhaun Glover, Reina Henderson, Ayanna Legros, Joshua Strayhorn, and Kristina Williams.
"The Hurston-James Society is a forum of scholarship and fellowship inspired by the work and memories of Zora Neale Hurston and C.L.R. James to celebrate Black graduate students in the humanities and social sciences."