Today dozens of JMU students joined in a march of solidarity to show support for students at the University of Missouri, and minority students nationwide.

According to Euniquee Hamilton-Eggleston, one of the organizers of the march,

“The purpose of JMU’s OccupyTheQuad4Mizzou is to come together as a community to show our support for the black students at the University of Missouri […] We are marching from Festival Lawn to the Quad in all black to encourage solidarity. This particular event is to give our support to the Missouri students but I have way higher hopes for James Madison campus as a whole. This walk is only the beginning. My hope for this walk is it will serve as the first of many outlets for JMU’s minority students to have their opinions vocalized about the issues that truly matter to them.”

Students walked from festival lawn on east campus, to the quad in front of Wilson hall, where Eunique and fellow organizer Ashley Short said a few words about what the event meant to them, and they held a moment of silence for those whose lives were lost due to racial injustice.

For more info on the event see the event page here, or contact the events organizers, Ashley Short and Eunique Hamilton-Eggleston. For more info on resources for minority students, visit the Center for Multicultural Student Services.

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