Syracuse University students gather to protest murder of Trayvon Martin

photo from The Post-Standard article

According to The Post-Standard, a daily newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., about 300 students gathered in the quad Monday night to protest the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in Florida.

The event, “Hoodies for Trayvon Martin Rally,” was organized by the Syracuse University Student African American Society and Black Artists League. Students stood at the foot of Hendricks Chapel and on the grass to listen to speeches, poems and songs in mid-30 degree weather. Some of the students wore hoodies, which has become a symbol of this murder because Martin was wearing one the night he was killed. Many speculate that he was killed because he wore a hoodie, which made him look suspicious.

related article: The Post-Standard


photo from The Post-Standard article

There are an infinite number of reasons that I am proud to be a Syracuse alum- our basketball team, Newhouse and orange pride are just some. But when I hear that the student body rallied together in support of issues such as this one, my heart gleams because I am so moved. We are a school that truly cares about social issues and justice and it can be seen in so many activities on campus, like this one.

I am SO proud to be a part of #cusenation.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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