#WUStaysWoke: Winthrop’s vigil for police brutality victims

Photo courtesy of Tea FrancoPhoto courtesy of Tea Franco

On September 22 the walkway between the West Center and Digs filled with students of all races to pay tribute to the citizens who have lost their lives due to police brutality. Ignite and Visible set up the vigil and began the program by handing out candles to all of the attendees.

The vigil was brought on by the recent shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot by a police officer while waiting to pick his children up from school. The shooting is reminiscent of ones from the past like in Ferguson, but this one was especially important to Winthrop students because it happened in our backyard.

“That is right down the road.. that is home for many of us,” said Meagan Holland, one of the speakers and the person who came up with the idea for the vigil.

After multiple heartfelt speeches, there was a moment of silence, a commemorative dance, spoken poetry and a song of mourning.

The idea of the vigil started when Holland saw what was going on in Charlotte. She decided that she had had enough. That was when she contacted Visible and asked them to help her set up the event.

“I got tired of seeing hashtags and seeing innocent lives taken…enough is enough,” Holland said.

Renee King, the Public Relations chair of Visible, pointed out that the vigil was also a way to unite the campus in the midst of unrest.

“This is one step closer to making a united campus and this is only the beginning,” King said.

As with any cause, equality starts at home. Holland said she feels that the many organizations on campus that strive for equality are important and in order for students to take steps to make their campus more united, they need to get involved in such organizations.

“Students need to get involved with more organizations on campus that are dealing with matters such as these,” Holland said.

However, King said she feels that taking steps towards a united campus and world can be done in small steps as well.

“Talk to each other. Don’t just stay in your cliques with the people you know. Say hello to somebody you don’t know,” King said.

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Photos courtesy of Tea Franco

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