Hundreds gather at SCSU for march and vigil for racial equality

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hundreds of Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) students marched over Fitch Street from Hilton C. Buley Library on Wednesday in honor of those who’ve died at the hands of police brutality. 

Pictures of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others adorned the campus lawn. 

“We see a lot of hatred and division and civil unrest that’s going on in this world, so we need to come together and learn to love one another; take an opportunity like this and spread it to the next day that we live,” said SCSU senior, Nigel Green.

Wednesday’s event was sponsored by the university’s multicultural center but various groups came out to support the movement. Among them was a group formed through the athletic department called “Athletes Fighting Social Injustice.”

It’s a 20-person group, and senior Jazmyn Martinez is part of it. 

She said she wants to be a police officer and help implement change within a police department. 

“I want to become a police officer to be a change within my community and to treat everyone with simple liberty and justice and treat everyone equally as we deserve to be treated,” she said.

The event supported local artists and student activists. There was a voter registration table as well.

President of SCSU Joe Bertolino said this was the largest event they’ve had in a COVID world and he’s proud of it. 

“We weren’t quite sure how many individuals would be here today, but to have a couple hundred people here I think it speaks volumes about our commitment to social justice.”

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