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Student-Led Rally Against Racism

May 3, 2012

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A student-led rally took place on May 2nd at Franklin Pierce University. Close to one hundred students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Library courtyard by the Peace Pole at 12:30 p.m. to take a public stand against the racism expressed in last week’s Tweets, made after a Bruins game.

The gathering was initiated by students Isaac Fithian and Shawn Kearney, who organized the event after a discussion about recent events in their “Individual and Community” class at the University. Fithian and Kearney orchestrated the gathering as a means for the community to publicly express collective outrage at the racial slurs, and to denounce racism as a whole.

Fithian delivered a thoughtful speech to those gathered, concluding with a message to choose a path of love and to “not hate the hater.” He then invited FPU President, Dr. James Birge, to speak, who closed his remarks with an invitation to take part in an ongoing public program to address racism and other intolerant behavior that will take place next fall. A core group of people will come together over the summer to plan a series of events that challenge the campus community to actively engage in the struggle for a more inclusive society.  



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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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