University of North Texas Hero Who Protested During Anthem Becomes A Dedicated Activist

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Article by Jordan James at  While it is sad that Chelsea Abii, a young hero, dealt with adverse effects of her brave decision to protest during the anthem last year, it is heartening that she has focused her energy into fighting for the liberation of Black people.  

With arms locked on a Tuesday night in Wooten Hall, a group of more than 30 students begin to shout.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win.”

As they continue to quote the words of Assata Shakur’s poem “To My People,” the sounds of their voices start to rise and passion exudes from their lips.

Moments like this are what senior criminal justice major, Chelsea Abii had in mind when she joined UNT’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chapter. That feeling of being surrounded by a cohesive unit is a welcoming feeling for her after what she dealt with during last year as a member of the North Texas volleyball team.

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