A blanket of silence folded over the Wilkes campus on Friday, Sept. 25 during a Black Lives Matter silent protest organized by the Multicultural Student Coalition at Wilkes University.
Over 200 students, faculty and staff members held signs at various campus locations throughout the day to bring awareness to incidents of hatred and racially motivated violence. A photo slideshow on television monitors depicted peaceful rallies and protests held across the country after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others who have fallen victim to racial violence.
The event was organized by Wilkes seniors Brianna Rowland and Morgan Burton from the Multicultural Student Coalition. Members of the campus community were encouraged to wear black in solidarity with the Black community and create their own posters of support.
Learn more by watching and reading media coverage of the event:
· WBRE: Local university students host Black Lives Matter silent protest
· Times Leader: Wilkes Students Hold Silent Black Lives Matter Protest
· Fox56: Silent Black Lives Matter Protest held at Wilkes University
In June, the Wilkes board of trustees established the Racial Justice and Inclusion Fund, which will provide resources to create opportunities to promote awareness of social justice, equity, diversity and to fight acts of hatred and violence.