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Bradley Demonstrates for Black History Month

Tanya Koonce
Peoria Public Radio

The Bradley University Student Center was the site of a Black Lives Matter Rally yesterday. About two dozen students held computer generated signs and chanted ‘No justice - No Peace,’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘hands up - don’t shoot.’  

Sherry Gunn is the Assistant Director in The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Bradley. She says the University has done demonstration every week in February to celebrate Black History Month and recognize different forms of protests.

Gunn says “one of the modern protest that’s going on right now is the Black Lives Matter Movement. So it’s technically not a protests it’s really just more so a demonstration of what the protest typically look like.”   

More than two dozen students participated in the rally Wednesday at Bradley University's Bob Michel Student Center.  Gun says she was “just really happy the students came out and they get an opportunity to speak about some things that are occurring in their community.”

Senior accounting major Malik Chappell participated in the demonstration, predominantly of black students. He says the it was an opportunity to actualize the social separation he sees between black and white students.

Bradley’s Black History Month activities includes Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Cullors speaking at 7:00 p.m. Thursday in the Renaissance Coliseum. The event is open to the public.