Session #4: Be Cautious; I'm Walking Black
Raevyn Ferguson is a rising sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a member of the Women’s Basketball team, as well as a John B. Ervin Scholar. At WashU, Raevyn studies African & African American Studies, with aspirations to attend law school after graduation. On campus, Raevyn is also an active member of the Black Pre-Law Association, Association of Black Students, and a member of the Performing Arts Department. She made her acting debut at WashU in fall 2019 as the Lady in Orange in “For Colored Girls” which was directed by Ron Himes, Founder and Producing Director of the Saint Louis Black Repertory Company. This production received rave reviews after five sold out performances.
Raevyn graduated from Lutheran High School North in St. Louis in 2019 where she was a member of National Honor Society, Vice President of the Senior Class, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Homecoming Queen, and a captain of the Varsity Girls Basketball team. Having a passion for social justice, Raevyn participated in the Missouri 1st Congressional Youth Cabinet and the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leaders program. She participated in the Saint Louis University School of Law’s Law and Advocacy camp where her public speaking skills were recognized as she received an award for best closing statement.
Raevyn’s leadership led to her receiving awards including the Brandeis University Book Award for Social Action and Civic Engagement, Youth Undoing Institutional Racism Award, and the 2018 YWCA Future Leader Award. Raevyn has been a dynamic leader and servant in the community at large, both locally and globally. She has been involved with SistaKeeper Empowerment Center and its “I Define Me” Movement as a mentor and public speaker, focusing on issues such as self-esteem and confidence, healthy relationships, and mental health. She has served as a keynote speaker and panelist in the SistaKeeper weekly support circles for girls and girls’ conferences, as well as YWCA of Metro St. Louis’ Future Leader program.
Raevyn has volunteered for numerous community organizations such as: Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Annie Malone Children and Family Services, St. Louis Surge Women’s Basketball and Justin Tatum’s Basketball Camp. As an Officer of Outreach for Pioneers Association of Sports and Scholars (PASS Global), Raevyn traveled to China for a Cultural Exchange Program to provide instruction in basketball camps for Chinese youth. Raevyn is devoted to empowering Black women and girls, and contributing to uplifting youth and achieving justice in America.