Written by Brianna Webb, senior communication/journalism major
Shippensburg University celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with it’s 34th annual March For Humanity on January 27. Hosted by Shippensburg University’s African American Organization and the Multicultural Student Affairs office, over 100 people marched through campus, united against racial injustice and discrimination.
Several members of the campus community, including President Charles Patterson, addressed the crowed before the march.
“Today we join in solidarity and commitment to better ourselves, our community, our country with our different voices—in the struggle to make true the words ‘justice for all.’ We honor Dr. King and his legacy in the way that he said, ‘Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in,’” said Patterson.
Students, faculty, staff, community members and children arrived with signs and flags ready to march through the cold. Chants of “No Justice, No Peace” echoed throughout the crowd with signs displaying “Hate Has No Home Here”, “Let Us Build Bridges” and “Ship Stands For Racial Equity”. Students from several campus organizations attended including, Multi-Ethnic Student Association, Elite Dance Troupe, Latino Student Organization, and The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. Organization.
“Being a senior and being able to participate in this march despite the cold and with the safety measures against COVID-19 was so rewarding and necessary,” said senior Alycia LaLuz.
Check out the March for Humanity photo gallery.