Community confronts racism with solidarity protest

In a show of solidarity with recent student protests at the University of Missouri, Guilford students and community members will demonstrate today against racism in higher education.

The protest, beginning with a walk-out from class at 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 and a gathering in front of Founders Hall, will coincide with solidarity protests at campuses across the country.

The emergency protests originated when activist and Missouri State University student Raven J. Brooks called colleges and universities to action in an article for The Black Tribune.

“We owe solidarity to Missouri State University—Springfield, and all black students nationwide as we fight administrative neglect, abuse of power and a lack of adequate resources,” said Brooks. “We will uphold the demands issued by Mizzou students, as well as individual demands respective to our institutions.”

At today’s demonstration, students will voice the demands of activists at the University of Missouri as well as a list of demands for addressing racism on Guilford’s campus.

Though the event was organized less than a day in advance, circulation on social media led to swift community support. So far the Facebook event has garnered support from students, faculty, staff and administration, including President Jane Fernandes.

At time of publication, 84 people had committed to going to the Facebook event, which was created yesterday evening.