University of Maryland Honors Bowie State Student Killed in Racist Act on Campus

The University of Maryland (UMD) has honored Lieutenant Richard Collins III, the soon-to-graduate Bowie State University student who was killed in an act of racism by a white man in 2017.

UMD dedicated a plaque and plaza at a ceremony earlier this week for the Lt. Richard Collins III Plaza. Hundreds of university members attended along with social justice activists, community leaders, government officials, and family and friends of Collins.

The memorial also helped advance important discussions on social justice and equity for all.

“Our campus has a tradition of honoring civil rights heroes: Benjamin Banneker. Frederick Douglass. Harriett Tubman. Parren J. Mitchell.,” said University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines in a written statement.

“Today, along with the spaces, statues, halls, and programs that bear their names, we are adding a new name that will spark the inspiration needed to fight for social justice: Lt. Richard W. Collins III. This is a name—a legacy  that will mean something to every person who sets foot on our campus.”

Collins’ parents also attended.

“His young life exemplified all that [was] good and hopeful in a world that too often dismisses the sanctity of human life itself,” Richard Collins said.

“It is my desire that we all take with us the spirit of adding daily to the stock of our moral courage.”

Dawn Collins directed her comment to her deceased son:

“I promised you that I would ensure that the world will know your name. This is only the beginning.”


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