Howard University Student Combines Fashion with Service - The Hilltop Online

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Photo Courtesy of Lyric Amodia 

At the opening of 2020, Howard University elder Lyric Amodia created The Movement Street Organization Inc., to premix creativity with work by creating socially conscious streetwear for outreach programs successful the cities the enactment serves. 

The Movement Street is simply a female-run enactment progressive successful the DMV, Flint and Detroit, MI. With Amodia’s connections to Flint, her passionateness for work started arsenic a outcry for assistance from household members and friends to assistance rise consciousness astir the Flint h2o crisis.   

Photo Courtesy of Lyric Amodia 

The Flint h2o situation is simply a nationalist wellness occupation that started successful 2014 aft the city’s drinking h2o was contaminated with pb and legionella bacteria. Due to the metropolis not decently responding to the issue, galore radical fell ill. Coming from Germany, Amodia knew she had to bash thing for the metropolis she loved dearly, truthful she started a question that would past a lifetime.   

 “When I got to the states, and I came backmost home, I recovered retired that 1 of my hometowns is connected nationalist tv due to the fact that they are suffering from biology racism,” Amodia said. “I wanted to help, I wanted to bash this for my family, I privation to bash this for us…” 

Amodia, with the assistance of volunteers, created a T-shirt that helped rise wealth for the cause. The postulation was named 810 H2O Collection, with the 2 successful H2O being a h2o drop. The funds from the postulation were poured backmost into the assemblage to assistance extremity the crisis. Since the H2O collection, The Movement Street has done galore much collaborations successful the assemblage to guarantee that people’s voices and causes are heard. One illustration of their enactment is buying Thanksgiving groceries for implicit 50 families annually. To marque this happen, the enactment garners enactment from volunteers. 

Volunteer Carlos Eldridge, Jr., a elder governmental subject large and past insignificant from Waldorf, Maryland, believes that The Movement Street is simply a committed and selfless organization.  

“They truly adhere to the needs of the communities that they are successful nary substance which 1 they are in,” Eldridge said. “I consciousness similar a batch of organizations sometimes effort to travel to bash their ain work, but I similar that Movement Street looks to spot what benignant of enactment is already being done and however they tin assist.”

Photo Courtesy of Lyric Amodia 

Another mode that The Movement Street gives backmost to the assemblage is by allowing Black- owned businesses and artists to showcase their talents by participating successful the “Creative Classic.” 

The “Creative Classic” provides a forum for Black radical to showcase art, assemblage talents and entree to antithetic networking opportunities. The “Creative Classic” volition beryllium hosted connected February 18, 2023, astatine the MLK Public Library Auditorium. 

Jordyn Britton is 1 of the lawsuit planners putting unneurotic this year’s festivities. She said that she is precise excited for the Howard assemblage to spot what the enactment has been moving on. 

“We truly wanted it to beryllium a abstraction wherever Black creatives tin web and spot each other’s work. We privation to springiness artists the level to beryllium creatively escaped and showcase their work, and I americium truly excited,” she said enthusiastically. 

The Movement Street volition beryllium opening submissions for the “Creative Classic” soon and hopes they get a ample turnout. Whether you are a poet, artist, oregon entrepreneur, the originative classical is the cleanable spot to showcase those talents. More accusation volition beryllium released soon, but you tin travel The Movement Street connected each societal media platforms (@themovementstreet) to enactment up to date. 

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