The event provided the opportunity to commemorate lives lost to police brutality while making a vocal and united call for change. Around Young Commons stood signs carrying the names of those who have died at the hands of police and the dates of their deaths. Included were those killed this summer, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Those names were called out by John Robinson-Miller IV, assistant director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Diversity Education as he poured water into a plant as a libation to honor their lives and remember their deaths.
Hunter McIntosh ’23 stepped to the microphone, noting that the expansive crowd he saw before him demonstrated that this is a time of unity at Elon. He offered insights to members of the White community, explaining that there is a difference between sympathy and empathy. “Empathy is showing up, showing you care, showing you will be here for us as we struggle,” McIntosh said.