It was a sea of many people and many colors, all gathered with one goal in mind.
“We see so much going on in the news everyday about people getting angry about our differences and I said you know what, I love differences, I think it’s beautiful and we need to celebrate it,” said Dr. Osario Airen, director of multicultural affairs at SFA.
And nearly 200 people agreed, coming out to show their support proudly displaying their homemade signs.
“My sign says ‘Smile on your brother’ and that’s what I believe in. I hope everybody just gets the word,” said Nancy Collins, who participated in the march.
An important word used to insure everyone is included.
“Make sure multicultural is a part of it because we need to understand that we’re all different colors, all different cultures, all different everything and that is wonderful,” Airen said.
Small groups sang spiritual songs of unity while others took the opportunity to meet a stranger. Though for Nancy Collins, through all the unity, the march was still bittersweet.
“I kind of thought 40 years ago when I marched that we were changing the world then. Little did I know that the world would look a lot different and not very good,” Collins said.
Which is why Airen’s goal was to get the conversation on coming together started.
The march ended on the steps of the Nacogdoches County Courthouse with a church choir and an inspirational speaker.
And while Airen feels today was a success, moving forward, he’s says the communication needs to continue.
“I’m hoping after this, people are going to talk to each other,” Airen said.