The El Paso community joined Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in a student-led candlelight vigil last Thursday evening (June 25th) to mark the one-month anniversary of George Floyd‘s death in Minneapolis and as a symbol of solidarity and future change.
The TTUHSC El Paso campus was decorated with gold luminarias and red lighting in honor of George Floyd’s high school colors. They will remain lit for 8.46 days as a symbol of his struggle for life.
Basia Grier, a Hunt School of Nursing student who spoke during the event, said the event was important because it showed TTUHSC El Paso’s solidarity with the community.
“It’s been a little bit stressful to continue on with classes as normal, just because I’m a Black student and it’s difficult to focus on classwork when the situation is as it is right now in our nation,” Grier said.
“However, I do feel like I’m getting that support from the school. We’ll be able to create change by hosting events like these and just keep the ball rolling and not let anybody forget. Don’t stop the momentum. We just need to keep going.”
The program included speakers from the university community and a candlelit moment of silence along with moving musical performances by Grace Oyetunde singing “Amazing Grace,” Daniel Macias singing “Rise Up,” and Chelsea Odera Nnebe singing “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”
School officials add, “TTUHSC El Paso supports the efforts of our future health care leaders who believe that we must continue finding ways to progress toward genuine equality and systemic change.”
Photos courtesy TTUHSC El Paso