RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — A controversial in-person rally was held on Radford University’s campus Saturday, raising concern from the community because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Just a show that this matters to us,” said Vice President of the Diversity Awareness program, Joi Stanley. “We’re doing what we’re doing because this an issue around the world.”
Hundreds of Radford students and faculty gathered at Muse Hall on Saturday, Sept. 19, for one cause.
“Simply that individuals see our humanity, and see us as equal and equality is what today’s all about and why it’s so important to me,” according to President of the Diversity Awareness program, Devante Mosley.
After three months of planning — and with help from the university — students are making their voices heard.
“I know the university has our best interest in mind, and they have done everything in their power to put the proper safety precautions and stuff in place to where we’re going to be safe, so I stand firm on that” said Mosley.
Those precautions were visible when it came to enforcing social distancing, and students addressed some community concerns about holding an in-person rally.
“It’s a peaceful protest, but we’re gonna take the proper safety precautions,” Mosley said. “We have on our masks, and we’re social distanced. So the fact that they have their views on what they think we are — keyword, what they think we are — we are not.”
Even outside organizations were there in support for students.
“It’s showing our support, it’s standing for what we believe is right, which is these students need to be able to say what they feel and to express themselves, and, you know, love is love is love, and we’re here to support that,” said Mamas’ marching protester, Lucinda Piro.
With Saturday’s event going down as a success, students hope for more events in the future.
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