University of Oregon grad Sian Kavanagh scrolls through Yik Yak. Photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank.
I’ve always been a late social media adapter. In middle school, I refused to get my own Facebook account and now that I’m in college, I didn’t get a Twitter until I had to for “journalism.” That’s why I was pretty confused when I started hearing people on my campus talk about “Yaking.”
American kids all grow up learning the name Rosa Parks. She’s an iconic activist in the Black Freedom Movement (AKA the Civil Rights Movement), and her arrest for refusing to relinquish her bus seat to a white patron is considered the spark that ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott.