We are approaching the anniversary of the death of Sandra Bland and he women of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. are not planning on letting her name be forgotten.
Tau Gamma Chapter SGRhos at Kean University in New Jersey recently performed a step show focusing on police brutality and honoring their sorority sister Sandra Bland. Unlike many step show themes, these four ladies focused on sending out a politicized message to the audience and the rest of the world.
Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old businesswomen and member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was found dead on July 10th in a Texas jail cell and many are angrily questioning the official police report which claims she committed suicide.
Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell in Waller County, Texas, after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop. Sheriff’s deputies say her death appears to be suicide by “self-inflicted asphyxiation.”
Bland was pulled over while on her way to her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, for a speech on child welfare, civil rights, and social issues. Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials say that she was stopped for improper signaling of a lane change. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper.
The sheriff’s department press release states that they applied CPR, but Bland was pronounced dead shortly after she was found.
The hashtags #JusticeForSandy, #SandySpeaks, and #SandyStillSpeaks have since hit social media over the last year and have garnered hundreds of thousands of posts and reposts of family members, friends, and members of the Black greek community who are speaking out and questioning the official reports.
Sandra’s line sister, Alana Taylor, reached out to WatchTheYard.com shortly after the death with the following comment about Sandra’s death:
“Sandra Bland is my line sister. Her personality and outlook on life alone DOES NOT resemble uncertainty or depression. She was a strong force that took life head on. Suicide would be the LAST thing on her mind as she was on the brink of starting a new chapter of life: a new job, a strong cause to fight for and a thick network of support. There are just too many discrepancies and holes in the official report. As far as her friends, chapter, alma mater and family are concerned: Sandy is still speaking and somebody is gonna listen. #SandySpeaks”
Since the death, Sigma Gamma Rho has done a lot to honor their sister. Just two months ago, Sandra Bland’s very own mother was inducted into the sorority.