NAACP Recognizes Student Leader

Brianna Reaves is recognized as an exceptional advocate for racial justice.

Brianna Simone Reaves ’22 was named a “Captain of the Community” by the NAACP Culpeper Branch in January. 

The Rev. Uzziah A. Harris, branch president, said Reaves is an exceptional advocate for racial justice, according to the group’s website. He noted that the Culpeper native co-organized a 2020 march there protesting police brutality across the nation. The peaceful event drew more than 800 people. 

“Brianna has a voice that cannot be quieted,” Harris said. 

Reaves worked with others to establish the first NAACP UMW branch in hopes that the group could help students connect campus and national issues. She was elected president of the Student Government Association for 2021-22. 

The sociology major and social justice minor is passionate about the James Farmer Multicultural Center, where she works as a diversity peer educator. She served as vice president of the NAACP Virginia State Conference Youth and College Division and is a member of UMW Mortar Board.

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