Students march on campus, move toward Baltimore

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By: Cody Boteler, Senior Editor

More than 150 students gathered in Freedom Square Wednesday, April 29, to march in protest and solidarity with the events that have taken place in Baltimore this week.

“I want to hear Towson students and their opinions on this,” Korey Johnson, an organizer of the event said. “It’s important that we have students contribute to the political discsussions that are happening right now.”

Members of the TU community stand in Freedom Square during the rally. Photo by Patrick Burke.
Members of the TU community stand in Freedom Square during the rally. Photo by Patrick Burke/ The Towerlight

The rally began with the group singing “This Little Light of Mine” lead by event organizers John Gillespie and Johnson, both Towson students. After the singing, another student began a spoken word performance.

The environment on Towson’s campus remained entirely peaceful. Towson University Police were present, but there were no interventions.

Johnson stressed the importance of keeping the rally peaceful, saying that a peaceful protest showed solidarity with Baltimore residents.

Around 3:45 p.m. the students began to march. They moved from Freedom Square, at the heart of Towson’s campus, toward the library, between Linthicum and Newell halls, and then back up a ramp to freedom square.

The students marched with their arms linked. The organizers referred to it as a practice run for what they’re planning on doing in Baltimore later this evening.

As they marched, those in the rally chanted “No justice, no peace” and “All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray.”

Students standing with signs during the rally in Freedom Square. Photo by Patrick Burke.
Students standing with signs during the rally in Freedom Square. Photo by Patrick Burke/ The Towerlight

After returning to Freedom Square, the organizers announced that they would be moving to Penn Station in Baltimore where they expect to meet up with students from several other area colleges, including Morgan, Loyola, Goucher and Johns Hopkins.

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One thought on “Students march on campus, move toward Baltimore

  1. I hope these protestors get the message, if you try anything, there are thousands of troopers and national guard waiting to assist to jail. I also hope the University issues a warning to any student, protesting is ok, looting and burning your community is NOT.

    The Orioles got to play today and they won – so this gives me hope the city is returning to normal

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