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PHOTO COURTESY/NAILAH FISHER
Students lit candles to remember the victims of police brutality, white supremacy and gun violence.

Haraya, the Pan-African Student Coalition, invited students to wear all black and stand in solidarity against police brutality, white supremacy and gun violence last Thursday, Sept. 7 on the Great Lawn for their annual peace vigil.

The ceremony allowed students to perform spoken word and share poems regarding the topics and also included a speech from a new minister at St. John’s, Ansel Augustine. The vigil ended with a candle lit ceremony and prayer.

Tunde Aladetohun, chair of finance and membership of Haraya, said, “The purpose of the peace vigil was to uplift the SJU community, to spread awareness.”

He added that “it was very enlightening and brought us together, it really emphasized that black is beautiful and encourages everyone to go further in life.”

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Isabella Bruni, Managing Editor
Isabella Bruni is a senior journalism major with a minor in Italian and International Studies. Isabella hopes to maintain the Torch’s vast news coverage and increase its online presence all while focusing on managing the business side of the newspaper and building relationships with advertisers. She has been part of the Torch since her freshman year starting as a copy editor, becoming chief copy editor her sophomore year and then news editor her junior year. Have any questions? Email Isabella at [email protected] or [email protected] 
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