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‘I have to own who I am’ | UT’s first Black woman student president leaving behind legacy, on and off campus

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‘I have to own who I am’ | UT’s first Black woman student president leaving behind legacy, on and off campus

By Amelia Young (WBIR) via https://www.wbir.com/

Jones had no idea how big of a task she’d be facing as the student body president, leading the school through a pandemic and racial injustice movements.

Last year, University of Tennessee students elected the university’s first-ever Black woman as the student body president — Karmen Jones. 

At the time, Jones had no idea how big of a task she’d be facing. As the student president, she led the school through the COVID-19 pandemic and several racial injustice movements that engulfed communities across the U.S.

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