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Students rally for solidarity (Photo Gallery)

Over 100 students attended the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” in support of the students of color at University of Missouri and the Black Lives Matter movement. The event, which was held Saturday, Nov. 14, was organized by seniors Teresa Jackson, Catlin Watts and junior Bashar Khaled Battrawi in response to the recent protests on college campuses across the country.

The rally started at the Roger Taylor Lounge, where students of color told their own stories of racism, harassment and micro-aggression at Knox to an audience of their peers. It led up to a protest down Cherry Street, Main Street and parts of campus, finishing at the freshmen quads with a moment of silence.

During the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students," a student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The rally was attended by over 100 students, and concluded with a moment of silence for the lives lost and victimized across the country. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

During the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students,” a student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The rally was attended by over 100 students, and concluded with a moment of silence for the lives lost and victimized across the country. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Senior Teresa Jackson breaks down cardboard boxes to make protest signs in preparation for the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students." Jackson helped organize the event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 14, in response to the protests at University of Missouri. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Senior Teresa Jackson breaks down cardboard boxes to make protest signs in preparation for the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students.” Jackson helped organize the event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 14, in response to the protests at University of Missouri. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Left to right: Freshmen Pei Koroye, Eli Adams and Francesca Downs make protest signs in support of the student protesters at University of Missouri. With over 100 other students, the trio gathered in the Roger Taylor Lounge for the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students" Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Left to right: Freshmen Pei Koroye, Eli Adams and Francesca Downs make protest signs in support of the student protesters at University of Missouri. With over 100 other students, the trio gathered in the Roger Taylor Lounge for the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Freshman Mia Connor holds up a sign she made in support of the student protesters at University of Missouri. Along with over 100 other students, Connor attended the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students," which took place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Roger Taylor Lounge. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Freshman Mia Connor holds up a sign she made in support of the student protesters at University of Missouri. Along with over 100 other students, Connor attended the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students,” which took place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Roger Taylor Lounge. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students hold up protest signs they made in support of student protesters at University of Missouri. The "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students" started at the Roger Taylor Lounge, ending with a protest around the city of Galesburg Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students hold up protest signs they made in support of student protesters at University of Missouri. The “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” started at the Roger Taylor Lounge, ending with a protest around the city of Galesburg Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students hold up protest signs they made in support of student protesters at University of Missouri. The "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students" started at the Roger Taylor Lounge, ending with a protest around the city of Galesburg Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students hold up protest signs they made in support of student protesters at University of Missouri. The “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” started at the Roger Taylor Lounge, ending with a protest around the city of Galesburg Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students protest down South Street in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town's bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students protest down South Street in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town’s bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students protest down South Street in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town's bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Students protest down South Street in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town’s bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Junior Jordan Hurst chants in support during the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students" in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town's bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Junior Jordan Hurst chants in support during the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. The walk circled around the town’s bars and ended in the freshmen quads. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Senior Teresa Jackson waves the American Flag as she protests on campus for the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students" Saturday, Nov. 14. Jackson organized the rally, which was attended by over 100 students. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Senior Teresa Jackson waves the American Flag as she protests on campus for the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students” Saturday, Nov. 14. Jackson organized the rally, which was attended by over 100 students. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

A student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The sign is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

A student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The sign is in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the students of color at University of Missouri. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Junior Bashar Khaled Battrawi from Palestine nails down a protest sign that reads "From Palestine #BlackLivesMatter" to the graffiti wall of the freshmen quads. Battrawi helped organized the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students," which attracted more than 100 students Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Junior Bashar Khaled Battrawi from Palestine nails down a protest sign that reads “From Palestine #BlackLivesMatter” to the graffiti wall of the freshmen quads. Battrawi helped organized the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students,” which attracted more than 100 students Saturday, Nov. 14. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

During the "Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students," a student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The rally was attended by over 100 students, and concluded with a moment of silence for the lives lost and victimized across the country. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

During the “Rally for Solidarity for Black Mizzou Students,” a student nails down a protest sign on the graffiti wall in the freshman quads. The rally was attended by over 100 students, and concluded with a moment of silence for the lives lost and victimized across the country. (Casey Mendoza/TKS)

Casey Mendoza
Casey Mendoza is a senior majoring in political science and double minoring in philosophy and Chinese. This is her fourth year working at The Knox Student, previously as a photographer and photo editor. Casey is the recipient of two awards from the Illinois College Press Association for photo essays. During the summer of 2014, Casey also worked as a photography intern for the Galesburg Register-Mail, covering local community events and working alongside award-winning reporters and photojournalists. During the winter and spring of 2015, Casey studied journalism and new media in Washington DC, learning more about the world's political arena, networking and gaining a greater understanding of the field. There, she worked as a Production Assistant at a documentary film company, The Biscuit Factory. During the summer of 2015, Casey will help produce a documentary on airline reservation technology for the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).

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Casey Mendoza
Casey Mendoza is a senior majoring in political science and double minoring in philosophy and Chinese. This is her fourth year working at The Knox Student, previously as a photographer and photo editor. Casey is the recipient of two awards from the Illinois College Press Association for photo essays. During the summer of 2014, Casey also worked as a photography intern for the Galesburg Register-Mail, covering local community events and working alongside award-winning reporters and photojournalists. During the winter and spring of 2015, Casey studied journalism and new media in Washington DC, learning more about the world's political arena, networking and gaining a greater understanding of the field. There, she worked as a Production Assistant at a documentary film company, The Biscuit Factory. During the summer of 2015, Casey will help produce a documentary on airline reservation technology for the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC).




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