The entire staff and faculty of Bennett College, including the school’s president, joined dozens of students and a few supporters from NC A&T University for a protest and die-in on campus this morning. The action, one of several in the Triad this week reacting to police violence against unarmed black men, was organized by the Student Government Association.
Students, faculty and staff lay on the ground staging a die-in for 4.5 minutes, one minute for each hour that Mike Brown’s body lay in the street in Ferguson, Mo. after he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson.
A grand jury in New York chose yesterday not to indict any officers involved in the choking death of Eric Garner, who was also unarmed. Demonstrators in Greensboro shut down Elm and Market streets around 8 p.m. last night in reaction and vowed more protests soon. A community meeting tonight will also discuss police violence and accountability in Greensboro.
The somber event at Bennett College included prayer and silent reflection. Participants were asked to hold hands, squeezing each other as names of unarmed black men killed by police were read through a megaphone. Later, demonstrators wrote messages of support to black men on sticky notes and affixed them to a poster.
Stay posted at triad-city-beat.com for more updates about similar protests in Greensboro in the next few days.