The death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail cell in 2015 sent shockwaves through the nation, reigniting conversations about racial injustice and police brutality against African Americans, particularly women.
Born on February 7, 1987, in Naperville, Illinois, Sandra Annette Bland was the second-youngest of five daughters. Raised by a single mother, Bland was deeply involved in her church from a young age and was passionate about playing the trombone.
After graduating from Willowbrook High School in 2005, Bland earned a marching band scholarship to Prairie View A&M University in Texas, where she became a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. She completed her degree in agriculture in 2009 and eventually returned to Illinois.
In January 2015, Bland began posting videos on social media titled “Sandy Speaks,” where she discussed various issues, including police brutality. Later that year, she traveled back to Texas for a job interview at Prairie View A&M and was hired as a community outreach coordinator.
Sandra Bland’s tragic death continues to serve as a powerful symbol of the ongoing fight against racial injustice and police misconduct in America, particularly concerning the treatment of Black women.