LSU Sophomore T.J. Polk organized a march on September 5th, 2020 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The march began at 12:00 pm and began at the parade grounds. Polk said that his main reason for organizing the march was so that, “the entire LSU community could come together in unity.”
The Black Lives Matter movement is in full swing, not only in the LSU community, but throughout the entire country. With protests nation wide, many people wonder how LSU is fostering an environment where students feel free to peacefully protest.
When asked if he thinks LSU should be doing more to support students’ desire to protest, Polk said that LSU, “did a phenomenal job.” Polk expressed his gratitude for administration for being helpful and supportive throughout the entire process. “With them doing that, it’s a step in the right direction.”
Polk is not the only student to voice his support for the BLM movement. The LSU Men's Basketball Team was also in attendance at the march. Alongside head coach Will Wade, LSU Point Guard Javonte Smart spoke out.
"I’m here to support Black Lives Matter, and we’re here to march.”
After an impressive turnout, Polk urged everyone to, “educate yourselves as much as possible, have the uncomfortable conversations that need to be had, and vote!”