Students From Three Miss. Colleges Rally to Stop ViolenceBy Daniel Cherry | Published 03 Apr 2012 10:33pm |
Students from three Mississippi Colleges are joining together to speak out against violence. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how a rash of recent killings have the students calling for peace.
The shooting deaths of Jackson State University student, Nolan Ryan Henderson, Mississippi State University student, John Sanderson, and Florida teen Trayvon Martin drew students out in heavy storms to protest violence. Amber Thomas is a Mass Communications Senior at Jackson State.
"I know someday I'm going to have kids, and I want my kids safe. I know my mom wants me safe, and I know anybody is a victim. That's what's scary about violence. It can happen at any place or at any time."
Students from Millsaps College, Jackson State University, and Toogaloo College joined together on Milsaps' campus last night for the stop the violence rally. Theon Johnson is with the campus ministry at Jackson State. He says the goal is to open a dialogue and teach others to place more value on life.
"Violence, not only is it threatening to the perpetrators as well as the victims, it's also threatening to our society and to the larger world as we grapple with what it really means to value life."
For many of those attending the rally, it's about taking an active stance against violence and promoting peace. Chelsea Wright is a Junior in Public Management at Millsaps. She helped organize the rally.
"We want to get out of the phase of just talking about it. We really do want to walk about it, and we want to be hands on in our communities. We want to do as much as we can do in order to be the change that we want to see in this country."
Rally organizers say they hope students attending the rally are able to go back to their schools and continue the anti violence discussion.
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