Meagan Holland has made a name for herself on campus by leading the charge for various social movements and protestS. Now, she is adding a significant position to her résumé as President of Winthrop University’s NAACP chapter.
Holland, who is in her third year at Winthrop and set to graduate in May, is responsible for the Black Lives Matter vigil that was held in September of last year following the police involved shooting of Charlotte man, Keith Scott. The Political Science major and Social Welfare and Legal Studies double minor has also been involved in organizing the Tillman protests and the Unity Roundtable.
Holland says her parents are to thank for her strong sense of service to the community. She recalls their altruistic behavior during her childhood when she began joining them in various acts of charity. “I remember them taking me to do things like ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and serving in soup kitchens,” Holland said.
The most influential experience for Holland was having foster siblings because “having foster siblings and seeing how they all were affected, regardless of skin color, put me on my current career path,” she said.
Her vision for the NAACP does not waver from last year’s theme of “Provoke.” Holland believes that to be involved in an organization such as the NAACP it is essential that everyone does their part. “I want people to not just come [join the organization] but to be active in the community,” Holland said.
The plans for the year involve continuing the charge for the name change of Tillman Hall as well as voting drives for local elections. More programs will be focused on issues that affect communities of color.
“Much will be the same as in previous years but there will be a focus on quality over quantity.” She has led a life full of service thus far and has plans to continue in the future. Holland will be applying to law school later this year with high hopes of becoming a Family Court Judge and later, President.