BLM protest 2

A demonstrator raises their fist while speaking out during a protest.

The Normal Community West High School Black Student Union plans to co-host a rally and march with The Next Gen Initiative and NCWHS alumni Gavin Cunningham and Maggie McHale.

The rally will take place at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Normal at 6:30 p.m. July 29. The rally is being held to demand an increase in Black literature, history and culture being taught in public schools in McLean County.

"When students of all races learn how African Americans have beneficially contributed to art, medicine, entertainment, science, law and education, they will have more of an appreciation for the African Americans that live in the United States. This appreciation will lead to a better nation," NCWHS senior and NCWHS BSU founder and President Jasmyn Jordan said in a statement. 

The rally will also include various featured guest speakers among NCWHS and Bloomington High School teachers, students and alumni.

Speakers include, but are not limited to, Jordan, NCWHS alum and The Next Gen Initiative founder Dominique Stevenson, The Next Gen Initiative founder Austin Willis and BHS English and Math Special Education teacher Brandon Thornton. 

The rally will conclude with participants marching around the surrounding neighborhood. 

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow her on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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