oORONO – The University of Maine in Orono is celebrating diversity and taking a stand against racism.
An historic event marked the beginning of Black History Month.
“We raised the Black Lives Matter Flag which is a flag here of unity and participation. It’s a symbol of community.” said Robert Dana, vice president of student affairs.
The University of Maine is one of only a few campuses across the country to raise the Black Lives Matter Flag.
Student Life Assistant Director David Patrick stated “It shows an overwhelming amount of diversity and community that we don’t see especially often in the state of Maine.”
A diverse group of people shared the stage and a common theme, increasing awareness and a need to intensify efforts to address racial disparities.
Student Union President Kirsten Daley added “I was born in Mobile Alabama in 1996. If I had been this age in 1996 I don’t feel I would have been safe doing what i am doing today but we can’t look at progress as an excuse to stop progressing.”
February is Black History Month. Organizers said the flag raising is especially important in the light of recent national events .