SFA students unite in show of support for University of Missouri

SFA students unite in show of support for University of Missouri
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The turn of events in Missouri is inspiring students on campuses around the county. Thursday, students at Stephen F. Austin State University came together in prayer, all for what they say is a show of support.

"Mizzou is here, that's why we wanted to host this," said I'Yesha Williams, an SFA senior.

Dozens of students stood hand-in-hand Thursday on the SFA campus.

Although their voices were silent, the message was loud and clear.

"It was important to show that we stand with Missouri only because at times of frustration and chaos, solidarity is a must, to know that other people stand with you," said Tevin Ellis, an SFA junior.

This all comes amid protests that began at the University of Missouri following what students there describe as racial unrest among students and administrators.

"1968 in 3D. I feel like 1968 was present in 2015 and showing its ugly face once again," Ellis said.

And while the students here at SFA have never met those hundreds of miles away at Mizzou …

"It's not something that's specific at Mizzou, we experience this here at SFA," said Tumpe Wilson, an SFA junior.

And for that reason students not only prayed, but wrote letters of support in a time students here say it's needed most.

"If they know that we stand with them, when we face problems, they'll stand with us," Wilson said.

They say today was a small step toward equality from an unlikely group of people who care.

"I think a lot of times people feel that students are often unaware of what goes on outside of their community, so to see so many people show up for today's event within a short minutes notice was inspirational and humbling," Ellis said.

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