My name is Erian and I can’t stop talking about oppression. Mass Incarceration, Anti-Black Racism, Police Brutality, Hoteps, Education and Black Culture. On any given day of the week you’ll find me ranting about one, or more, or all of these topics.
My passion for these issues led me to enroll in law school in 2014 and on May 8, 2017, I’ll proudly duck walk across the stage at Emory University’s School of Law. Before law school, I attended the University of Florida (Go Gata), where I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Criminology, and African American Studies.
I grew up in the heart of Miami. A small, historic community named Overtown—a short drive across the bridge from the beautiful beaches highlighted in tourism advertisements and movies. I was raised by a single mother, and it was her that instilled in me the passion and power to say what I mean, and mean what I say. I owe everything to my mother and her sacrifices for my siblings and me.
After graduation I’m moving back home to Miami where I’ll begin working at the Miami Dade County Public Defender’s Office. After years of learning and organizing and talking about justice and equality, I’ll start my career in a place where I’ll be able to effectuate change in my own community. From there, I hope to continue working in the name of justice and equality, by any means necessary.
– Erian Stirrup