RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – St. Augustine students held what they called a spontaneous rally on campus Thursday in response to the unrest in Charlotte.
“I don’t want any students on my watch to have to fall victim or to lose a life because of ignorance to a situation or lack of education,” said student government president Stephen McLeon.
The students hoped to use the events in Charlotte and Tulsa as a springboard to raise awareness of a voter registration rally on the University’s campus Friday.
“Before we sit down and say white police need to stop killing us – black people must stop black-on-black crimes that’s been happening,” said criminal justice major Steven Burnett.
Student organizers said the rally will emphasize the best way to affect changes in this country is at the ballot box.
Students also offered a moment of silence for those black men who’d been shot by police officers.