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‘Know your Rights’ Prep night

Abiba BiaoCopy Editor

Students took action for social justice Friday evening, at the Know Your Rights March prep session night in Farnham Hall, making posters and buttons against police brutality. The event brought around 30 people who enjoyed pizza, wings, and refreshments while using their artistry for racial justice.  

The Know Your Rights March was hosted in collaboration with Sothern’s Black Student Union (BSU), and Student Government Association (SGA). The demonstration was held to bring awareness to Tyre Nicholas, a 29-year-old Black man, who was beaten to death by five officers from the Memphis Police Department during a traffic stop. 

Solé Scott, a freshman journalism major, said that she came to the event because she wanted to amplify SGA and BSU’s cause. She hopes that people learn to take social justice seriously and admired the on-campus effort to spread this message and remove barriers to entry for activism. 

“I hope everyone goes to the march,” Scott said. “If you don’t stay from one to three, at least like come support for 10-15 minutes if you can spare.”  

Accompanying her was Atticus Johnson, a freshman computer science major. Johnson remarked on people’s reluctance to join social justice efforts because of the feeling of insignificance from repeated atrocities happening.  Despite the difficulties in creating change, he believes that opening the floor to dialogue is a crucial step toward achieving justice.  

“I feel like it’s important because we have to show that it actually matters and that we care about it,” Johnson said. “If you don’t talk about it, even if like you can’t do something yourself, just putting it out there really makes a change and that’s what everybody here is trying to do.” 

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