For the first time in two years, students held the annual MLK March for Humanity. On Thursday, Jan. 27 over 120 students, faculty and staff gathered outside of Old Main for the march. The march is sponsored by the African American Organization (AFRO-AM) and the office of Multicultural Students Affairs (MSA) and has not been held since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abdul Omar Tucker, the president of AFRO-AM welcomed those gathered for the 34th March for Humanity. He called for words of unity and solidarity to include action. “The struggle does continue. Our generation must be able to shout loudly, proudly so we can honor Dr. King's legacy by saying ‘we got this’” Tucker said.
“We march because they do not want us to. They want us to be silenced.” Brenda Aristy, an SU graduate student said. “When specific groups are targeted, we are reminded why we march. We are many voices in one struggle, but we can only be one by unifying.”
Fatima Diaoune, the vice president of the African American Organization, welcomed interim president Charles Patterson to the stage, thanking him for his outreach to the student body. “Today Colleen and I follow your lead. We walk with you hand in hand as we seek to become allies for the fight. We are so proud of you. Thank you for what you do.” Patterson said.
The march started at Old Main, followed Adams Drive and turned onto Cumberland Avenue concluding at the Ceddia Union Building. Outfitted with banners, flags and picket signs, the crown chanted “No justice, no peace” and “Hate has no home here” as they marched. Several student groups including the Student Government Association, the Multi-Ethnic Student Association the Latino Student Organization, B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. and the Elite Fashion Troupe marched.
Zyir Meldock, the treasurer of AFRO-AM, said they began planning the march 2 weeks in advance.
“There was more excitement around because we haven’t done it in such a long time. I’m surprised on the number we had out there because its cold outside, but it was fun to do again.” Zyir said.