On November 21, 2015, the team welcomed members of Black Lives Matter Austin, as well as supporters from Houston and College Station to Prairie View for their first “Sandy Still Speaks: A Pilgrimage” to educate and inform about the timeline and context of Sandra Bland’s last hours of freedom outside the Waller County Jail.
Speakers included local residents, the pastor of Hope AME where Sandra was arrested, current Prairie View students, and alumni who had attended Prairie View A&M University with Sandra Bland.
The pilgrimage traced key points on the Prairie View campus important to Sandra and to her final minutes of freedom, as well as the scene of her arrest, and finally, the location of her imprisonment at the Waller County Jail.
Friends shared reflections on Sandra; students shared experiences walking the street where she was arrested; and local residents and clergy shared about the context of her arrest. The Pilgrimage finished with a riveting and emotional performance from the Charles Gilpin Players, Prairie View’s renowned drama troupe, in honor of Sandra Bland and other lives lost.
The team plans to do the next Pilgrimage around the time of Sandra’s birthday in February.