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GCU Students Address the Death of George Floyd

Our voices matter

This message is one of three published responses to the death of George Floyd, the racial injustices faced by many African Americans, and GCU’s commitment to diversity. See also:

GCU President Joseph R. Marbach’s Letter to the Community
GCU Student Government Association President Brianna Griffin ’21

From the Black Student Union: Now Is the Time

The killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, has caused a continuation of the BlackLivesMatter movement and the fight to end police brutality. As the president of the Georgian Court University Black Student Union and as a member of the black community, I want to share that WE ARE TIRED.

In the midst of fighting a pandemic, a race war, and some of the highest unemployment numbers ever, the video of George Floyd dying has shifted the focus of the world back to the true reality we face every day. I am here to allow my voice to be heard, and the voice of the black community.

This is not the time to download someone else’s perspective to post as your own. This is a time for self-reflection and for understanding where YOU stand in this movement. As much as this movement is about George Floyd, the anger and the frustration dates back to the death of Emmett Till and even further. It is also important to know that the impact of social media and other news outlets are extremely heavy right now, but I encourage you to use your platform and END your silence.

Speak out for justice, speak out against racism, and Speak Up for Black Lives. Let’s end the cycle together. 

Kayla Wilson ’21 
Kayla leads the Black Student Union at Georgian Court University. A rising senior, she is a member of the GCU women’s volleyball team, a student ambassador, a resident assistant, and a member of the Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.