Students and other campus community members will march Thursday to stand up for unity and diversity during the 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. “March for Humanity.”
The pre-rally program is at 3:30 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel followed by the march.
The featured speaker, Keshia Hannam, is a co-founder of Camel Assembly, a women’s movement of activists and artists across the globe. She has spoken for The New York Times, Fortune 500 companies and at the United Nations, according to SU News.
According to Kapri Brown, assistant to the director of MSA, the march originally started to honor and remember the legacy of King.
“In addition to that, today, to bring the campus together to stand in support of unity and diversity. The march is a time to come together to address the issues that get in the way of us being a unified community,” Brown said.
The march originally started in 1987 by students Tyrome Smith and Crystal White, members of the executive board of the Afro-AM Organization, according to Brown.
The march will immediately follow Hannam’s address. Both events are sponsored by the African American Organization, ACT and the office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
Brown encourages all students and faculty to attend the program not only to hear Hannam’s remarks, but also see and hear why students march.
“Together we get a chance to not just talk the talk, but we get to exercise our right to stand for justice,” she said.