Hundreds gathered at LSU Wednesday for a peaceful demonstration following the death of George Floyd.
“I came here because I wanted to show my support to the black community,” Taylor Schaefer said. “Louisiana has a large black community and I feel like we need to stop the racism.”
Student organizers say their goal was to discuss racial issues in the country and on campus.
“We’ll have an open discussion [about] different ways we can go about making LSU a better place for minority students such as ourselves,” Cambryn Crier said.
One by one some students took the floor to share their personal stories. Many explained what they think LSU can do for its African American students.
LSU’s interim President Tom Galligan was apart of that crowd. He says he’s an ally to the black community and will do anything he can to make people feel more students at LSU comfortable.
“They said they want more faculty of color and we want more faculty of color too so we’ll work towards that,” he said. “I think they want more representation and we’ll work towards that.”
Students say they will continue to do all they can to make change.