About two dozen Brenau students gathered around the fountain on the front campus of the Gainesville historic campus on Nov. 12 to show their support for students experiencing racial discrimination at the University of Missouri and other campuses across the United States.
“As black students at a predominantly white institution, we want to make it known that we back them up, we love them and no matter, we’re always going to be there,” said sophomore mass communications major Kenya Hunter.
Brenau’s Black Student Association will host a follow-up meeting on Monday, Nov. 16.
“We were just so pleased to see so many people came out and showed their support,” said BSA President Chelsey Brown, a senior middle grades education major. “We hope this upcoming meeting continues the discussion.”
All staff, faculty and students are invited to attend the event. It will be held in room 203 of the Owens Student Center at 7 p.m.
“At Brenau, we certainly want our students to feel free to engage in thoughtful, considerate discussions about today’s most pressing social issues,” said Brenau President Ed Schrader. “In fact, our entire first-year seminar revolves around the 1960s civil rights movement, and how many of the same themes of the era remain relevant – and empowering – to young women in the 21st century. As a matter of truth, morality, and equality, Black Lives Matter and Brenau encourages the realization of that basic reality throughout all societies and cultures across the globe.”