Professor Willie Baronet is calling all students to join him in holding signs he bought from people experiencing homelessness. He’ll take as many volunteers as he can get, because he’s bought more than 1,800. With these signs in hand, he’s planning on leading the charge for the first annual “Home is a Journey” walk to raise awareness for homelessness during homecoming week.
What started out as Baronet buying a sign held by a man experiencing homelessness on the street ended up being a huge project that’s gotten him attention from media outlets nationwide including Buzzfeed, NPR, and the Dallas Morning News. When he’s not teaching Creative Advertising in the Umphrey Lee building, Baronet travels the country for this passion project, which is now called “We Are All Homeless.”
While writing a story about him and his signs for the Dallas Observer in May, I got to attend one of his events. His display of the signs he’s collected for years was incredibly fascinating. It was truly art that I could stare at for hours. It’s hard to explain the impact of these signs unless you spend time soaking in their message about life and humanity, but I was incredibly moved by the whole project. More about Baronet and what he does is in that Observer article, but if you’d like to see these signs up close and personal, please do.
The walk will take place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Doak Walker Plaza. You can check in between 8:30-9:45 a.m. and the march will begin at 10 a.m., ending in front of Dallas Hall at 12 a.m. You can register on Eventbrite or in person the morning of, but the first 1,000 people to register will receive free “Home is a Journey” t-shirts. Registration is free.
If you’d like to donate to some awesome organizations helping people experiencing homelessness like Vogel Alcove, Promise House, The Bridge, and Mosaic Family Service, there will be a collection taken up for clothing, baby care items, canned goods, and toiletries.
Let’s show up at homecoming week for those who have no home to come to.