Community Gathers to Honor Victims of Police Brutality
A group of students, faculty and staff gathered in the middle of the Green at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the darkness broken up by the glow of candles, to remember victims of police brutality following the death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests earlier this month.
In addition to the moment of silence, which was broken only by the sound of traffic, students, professors and members of the community spoke about their own experiences with racism and violence. Like much of the vigil, the speeches were softly delivered, with the audience literally leaning into the circle.
Several times, speakers had to pause to compose themselves or to keep from crying. Two students also performed a song.
The event, which corresponded with a national moment of silence for victims of police brutality, racism, bigotry and intolerance, was organized by the College's Afro-American Society.