Close to 1,000 students and others — concerned about violence in the neighborhood surrounding Southern University and how that violence affects the school’s image — cheered, chanted and danced Wednesday during a campus anti-violence march and rally.
The events came 11 days after a Jaguars’ fan was killed off-campus during the university’s first home football game against Mississippi Valley State.
Chancellor Edward Jackson called the student-organized event historic.
“You have moved the spirit of this university today and will be remembered for decades,” Jackson said at the rally following the march. “With this statement you have done more good than most can do in a lifetime.”
Southern law school student Tinashe Chimwaza said he didn’t know about the march until he heard the university’s band playing and people chanting, “Stop the violence; increase the peace.”
Although he didn’t join the march, he stopped and watched on his way to class. “I think it’s a good thing,” Chimwaza said. “I always believe movements on college campuses influence the communities around them.”
Students also are taking their efforts against violence to another level with a town-hall meeting set for 7 p.m. today and a community outreach initiative.