A Night on Brown Street is an event where we, the LYTEhouse (Lifting Youth Through Enrichment) Executive Board, charge our Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta Student Body to spend from sunset to early morning outside on Brown Street.
This initiative originates with the purpose of providing a homeless simulation to our AUC Community, aimed to spread awareness about homelessness, who it plagues, and how we, with our privileges, can be selfless in our efforts to prevent this social ill from reaching more people than it should. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 Protocols, our annual overnight slumber will have to occur in future years. Nevertheless, our hope to inspire our AUC student body to move in solidarity with our Atlanta homeless community remains.
Atlanta is home to over one-third of the state’s homeless population of nearly 10,000 people. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the city has increasingly removed unhoused people from significant areas, pushing them to continuously relocate. As a matter of fact, the population is still, to date, suffering from Mayor Kasim Reed’s decision to close down Peachtree and Pine Homeless Shelter in 2017, which used to be a major homeless shelter in the Atlanta area.
All this being said, ANOBS will consist of (Executive Board Members/Committee Members) holding meaningful discussions and facilitating interactive/educational activities relevant to pushing our AUC Community to gain a sense of empathy about the cause and a growing desire to continue to support it.
Normalize the images of homelessness & how it exists in its many forms— regardless of what stereotypes have been associated with it.
Expose AUC community to underlying mechanisms that have contributed to the homeless epidemic.
Collaborate to create lasting solutions relevant to enacting change in our Atlanta community & beyond.
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