SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– About 100 students, administrators and university leaders gathered on Missouri State University’s (MSU) campus today in peaceful protest of social injustice.
A march around campus was organized by the Missouri State Football Team, who canceled practice on Thursday to shed light on racial injustice and promote social reform.
“That was a reaction to what’s been going on in the community,” said Titus Wall, MSU football player. “We can’t stand for it. We can’t keep going as if anything is normal. We have a power to bring the change, so we’re going to use our platform to do what we can do to bring a change amongst our community.”
Clif Smart marched in front with players as they guided dozens of students, professors, trainers, and coaches throughout campus.
The group shouted chants like “No justice, no peace,” and called out names like Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake.
“They [MSU officials] were supportive of us, they asked if they can do anything else to help us,” said Wall. “As you can see, we had a lot of our coaches if not all of our coaches out here with us today supporting our movement. The support we’ve been getting from them is tremendous and we love it a lot and appreciate them greatly as well.”
The team made the decision to not hold practice on Thursday. Players say the decision was met with support by coaches, trainer and staff.
The march ended near MSU’s Plaster Sports Complex with organizers who briefly spoke about their cause and invited students to join then in protests scheduled for next week.