Over 50 ISU students gathered late at night by the fountain to hold a rally about the terrible injustices occurring throughout Africa.
On Oct. 22, the African Student Union (ASU) and Afro-Infusion gathered students to inform them on the hardships these countries are enduring and to incite them to bring awareness to the ENDSARS issue in Africa. The event started at 7:30 pm and lasted until 9 pm. Students took turns talking about the specific issues these countries were suffering from and prayed for awareness, for change. Music was played and moments of silence were held to further recognize that this isn’t the end of the conversation but only just the beginning. Student activist Faith Ologun said, “Black Lives Matter doesn’t end at a border.” President of Black Student Union, Jaylin Coleman, highlights how the event made her “think about [my] family back home in Nigeria,” along with how important it is to “keep the fight alive.”
These African lives are in danger and dying from police brutality and so much more within their country also. The entire organization stresses the importance of remembering, “We want everyone to fight for the continent of Africa. Everyone should remember they were African before they were anything else.” These were powerful words that impacted many students as they lit their candles and prayed for change. Aishah Adebayo, student leader, continuously told students, “Every retweet and every share helps spread awareness about what’s going on.” About the countless lives being lost and how Africa is bleeding. Adebayo serves as the Vice President of ASU, and she spoke specifically about her home in Nigeria, how SARS is affecting her home and how every day she worries about her loved ones. Alex Denoyer, one of the few non-people-of-color in attendance, spoke about how she appreciates “ASU for putting on this event and educating people who may not know about the suffering occurring as a result of SARS.” Denoyer mentioned that she “learned the importance of sharing information.” Every share on social media allows someone to learn something new that previously may not have had accessible to them.
As they began to wrap up the event African Student Union and Afro-Infusion leaders urge students that were unable to attend to do research. For those who may have missed the event there are recorded sections posted on the ASU Instagram, @asu_isu. They encourage students to utilize their social media to help further this movement. Some of the hashtags they ask to be used include: