Courtney Carr was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is currently a graduate student in the African American Studies Department at Syracuse University, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Pan African Studies. Courtney received her BA in Africana Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. During her junior year at Cornell, she visited Tanzania to conduct global health research and interned at a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that provided shelter for girls attempting to escape female genital cutting. Her current research project focuses on deconstructing the numerical nature of NGO discourse in relation to female genital cutting in Tanzania.
In 1969 a group of nine student-athletes boycotted Syracuse University’s football program to demand change and promote racial equality. Popularized erroneously in 1970 by the media as the “Syracuse 8,” the nine students behind the boycott were Gregory Allen, Richard Bulls, Dana Harrell, John Godbolt, … Read MoreThe Syracuse 8 (1969)