parisParis Tate is a Psychology major currently in his fourth year at California State University, Long Beach. Upon being referred to as a ‘nigger’ in his freshman year, Paris immediately realized that change will not roll in on the wheels of inevitability. He used that traumatic experience as a propeller that jettisoned him into a passion for student leadership and the Afrikan Black Coalition was there to aid in Paris’s pursuit. He had this to say when asked about his first impression of ABC, “I am heavily involved on campus and have met a lot of Black students, but seeing so many more at [ABC] Conference 2016 truly empowered me.” Encountering fellow Black students from “all walks of life” at allowed Paris to identify a “beautiful kinship” amongst the attendees. He asserts that ABC has not only helped him to retain his pride as one of very few Black students on his college campus, but also to outreach and encourage his peers to do the same.