Students host first BLM rally at Nebraska Wesleyan University
Two Black students inspired by the rallies happening all around Lincoln decided to hold one at Nebraskan Wesleyan University on Saturday morning.
(LINCOLN, Neb.) – Two Black students inspired by the rallies happening all around Lincoln decided to hold one at Nebraskan Wesleyan University on Saturday morning.
“On our march back from the Capitol, I was walking and I was like, ‘Yaa, we should host a rally like this at Wesleyan because at Nebraska Wesleyan a lot of people don’t know that there are black students here'”, said Kendra Mullins, organizer.
So the two friends got to work, taking less than a month to plan a march that was safe during the pandemic and giving voices to students at the college.
“I wanted to do something to let people know especially, in our community that we are here, and we are making our voices heard,” said Yaa Baeta, an organizer.
Nebraska Wesleyan students said it was nice to see a college official participating and standing up for them as they all marched for equality.
NWU President Darrin Good says he is proud of the students who planned and attended the rally.
“Nebraska Wesleyan is proud to support Black Lives Matter,” said Good. “We’re proud to be a champion of diversity and inclusion.”
He said it was timely before classes begin and the college opens in the fall. Everyone in attendance wore masks. Speakers wore gloves and wiped the mic between each person. Leaders in the community also spoke and walked with the students.
“For us, everything was pretty fast-paced,” said Mullins. “We never really stumbled into anything. Our school was very supportive, we reached out to President Good and he responded right away. He took it to our administration pronto and they responded right away.”
And their final take away from the day?
“The conversation is everything right now and I hope (what) people get out of it is we need to talk about this more talk about this seriously and have open honest conversations about what’s going on in our community, what’s going on nationally,” said Baeta.
Leaders of the rally say though numbers are smaller for students of color at the universities in Lincoln, their voices equal just the same as any other voice at the universities.