I’ve blogged previously about the murder of Rashawn Brazell, a 19-year-old gay man in New York City, and the special role that black gay bloggers — especially those in New York — have played in keeping the story alive and drawing media attention to his murder. I was reminded, upon visiting Keith Boykin’s blog, that a group of people in New York have working to make sure something positive comes out of what happened — that some healing and some good is left behind for the community. It’s currently taking the form of the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship.
The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship was established in the wake of the brutal murder of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell, whose February 2005 murder touched many in the black gay community and beyond. The scholarship aims to provide a sustainable tribute to the slain teen by encouraging New York City high schoolers to think critically about the impact of intolerance and violence on our communities. Selection for this need-sensitive scholarship will be based on the student’s interest in the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression, as well as their commitment to creating peace in the community by affirming diversity.
The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 211
New York, New York 10037-9998