Toward the end of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. convocation, faint chants were audible from inside Harbach. Outside in CFA, around ten to 20 students repeatedly chanted the words “Black Lives Matter.”
Students, all dressed in black, laid on the floor for four and a half minutes, symbolizing the four and a half hours Michael Brown was left in the street after the unarmed teenager was fatally shot in August in Ferguson, Mo.
“We were concerned the administration would shut us down,” senior Yoseph Willis said following the protest.
He said that the main point of the protest was to express solidarity. “We’ve had tough experiences here — I’ve had people say racist stuff to me. We know Knox can do better, and we want administration to openly express solidarity.”
Ideally, students will organize a monthly all-black space to talk about being a student at Knox.