Nearly 100 Stephens students, faculty, staff and administrators gathered in the Student Union today to show solidarity and pay their respects for the African Americans who have died in recent months and for their respective communities.
Students made and carried signs, added their handprints to a banner and listened to fellow students share poetry. Student Government Association President Brianna Jackson then encouraged students to be part of improving social conditions.
“Take time to acknowledge what’s going on and try to understand someone else’s reality and what they’re going through,” Jackson said.
She thanked students for taking time to be part of the event, but encouraged them to continue to have discussions.
“Today it’s a black issue, but tomorrow it could be an LGBT issue or an Asian issue—but it will continue to be an issue if we do nothing.”
Following her remarks, students broke off into groups. Some held a “die-in,” in which they outlined their bodies in chalk to represent those slain. Others joined President Dianne Lynch in her office for a “sit-in,” where they shared ideas and observations.
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