By Ralph Winfrey
How a stolen sign sparked action.
A march was executed on Nov. 11 to convey the outrage of the repeated theft of a Black Lives Matters sign being displayed in the office window of the College for Humanities and Behavioral Science building.
The sign was originally created by Briana Davis and was voluntarily displayed in the window of a faculty members office in the CHBS building.
The sign came up missing a total of three times and the officeholder then asked that this issue be brought to the attention of the student body.
Black Lives Matter is a movement with the goal of stopping police brutality in the African American community.
Students and members of the faculty then congregated in front of the CHBS building at 2 p.m. to march. Their chants included, “Stop stealing our sign”, “Black Lives Matter” and “Love Trump Hate”.
The sounds of these chants resonated throughout the campus and echoed through the hallways of the CHBS building, the Bonnie and Dalton Hall. The march was open and many people joined after the march officially began.
This march was not politically motivated. The goal of this march was to show that the thief of the Black Lives Matter sign would not be taken lightly. This was the epitome of solidarity and the ability to peacefully protest.
“I just wanted to make a statement and do justice to Laura’s sign getting stolen, and I hope I did just that, no matter what, black lives matter,” senior Davis said.
This march was not sponsored by any club or specific group. The group marching was comprised of aware students and faculty members that coordinated this by word of mouth.
This march was peaceful, lawful and concluded without incident.
“This peaceful protest proved that we are serious, that not all of us are out here looking for violence. I feel like we showed a lot of people who didn’t see our opinion before, see it now,” freshmen Kaniece Egerton said.
This is not the first time that Radford University has seen members of its community march to express how they feel. In March of 2015, the Black Student Alliance gathered to voice the injustice that occurred at the University of Virginia to African American honor student Martese Johnson.
“As a minority, it is hard for me to say that all lives matter…There is not a problem with saying that but at the moment we are not focused on all lives, we are focused on black lives,” senior, Latrell Holland said.