As the #AntiBlackISU movement continues on Illinois State University’s campus, the NAACP Bloomington-Normal branch has stepped in. It said in a statement that it has been assisting since Oct. 7 by responding to as many calls, emails and meeting requests as possible.

On Oct. 7, students on campus rallied against the university in opposition of the decision to cancel the Black Homecoming Committee concert due to its conflicting time with volleyball practice.

On Oct. 25, the NAACP will collaborate with ISU students to support the community outreach as they wait to hear about venue details.

President of the local NAACP branch, Linda Foster has been readily available to listen to the concerned voices of the students. She wants to make sure that black students are in a learning environment where they are valued, safe and included. 

Foster stated, “The community can rest assured that the local NAACP officers are working diligently to make certain action is taken to ensure an engaged and welcoming higher institution of learning.”

Additionally, ISU has set a closed meeting with university officials and student representatives Oct. 16.

JONATHON MESSINA is a News Reporter for The Vidette. Contact him at jtmessi@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at| @jjttmm48


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