Standing together across state borders—
That’s what students on many Georgia campuses did on Tuesday to take a stand against racial inequality and to show their support for students at the University of Missouri.
Some Georgia Southern University students participated in a class walkout.
News 3’s Courtney Cole has a closer look…
The group behind the walkout, The Georgia Southern University Chapter of the NAACP, wants greater visibility and a voice on campus …not just for the students of color– but for all students.
James Woodall, the State President of the Youth and College Division of the NAACP, hopes Tuesday’s demonstration will show students’ willingness to stand-up for what they believe is right.
“This walkout is a part of a National Day of Action. Campuses around the AUC Center (in Atlanta) around the state of Georgia, around the country regardless of where you are–we’ve all been standing together…not only with Missouri, but with each other,” Woodall told News 3.
Nearly 200 students filled the student center, wearing black, in an effort to catch the attention of their classmates and the administration.
The Dean of Students tells me, the school supports any student’s right to voice their opinion–in fact she tells me it’s a Georgia Southern value…
“…Our value of voices says that every voice has the right to be heard, but every word must be spoken with respect. So we expect our students to take that right seriously, but also their responsibility serious. And if at any time our voices crosses the lines and violates our rules, then we have the responsibility to respond according to university policies,” said Patrice Jackson, Dean of Students at Georgia Southern University.
The president of the university also weighed in, saying in part that she’s proud of those Eagles who have shared their opinions respectfully.
But right now, she’s challenging every student on campus to listen to, respect and treat each other with dignity to make GSU a place where all students can learn thrive and feel safe.
To read her full statement, click here: http://bit.ly/1WXSVzW