Oral History of Raynique Syas, interviewed by Grace Hall, 9 April 2021

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Title

Oral History of Raynique Syas, interviewed by Grace Hall, 9 April 2021

Description

Charleston Area Justice Ministry organizer Raynique Syas was born in Los Angeles, CA, in 1985. She remembers growing up in Watts, a typical urban area of the city,  impacted by poverty, drugs, and violence. There, she also experienced a profound sense of community and the support of her family of strong women. Syas states that it was much later that she understood the systemic injustices that plagued her community and that awareness fuels her activism. Syas moved to Charleston, SC looking for better opportunities for her three children but was unprepared for the cultural differences and the racism she encountered in South Carolina. Finally, she talks about why she joined CAJM (Charleston Area Justice Ministry), first as a member and team leader and later, as an organizer. She reflects on one of the biggest CAJM efforts – the racial audit of Charleston and North Charleston police departments - and about how COVID impacted the organizing work.

Publisher

The Citadel Archives and Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1651

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Grace Hall

Interviewee

Raynique Syas

Location

Charleston, SC by Zoom

Duration

91 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Raynique Syas, interviewed by Grace Hall, 9 April 2021,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed May 18, 2022, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1651.