by Bethel University
Faculty, staff, coaches and students gathered around the gazebo in the quad on October 14 to participate in a walk for justice. This walk was a peaceful demonstration for the Bethel community to stand in support of Black lives. The walk was organized by Christian Arrambide, junior football and baseball player and member of the Alpha Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
Associate Chaplain Rev. Garrett Burns led the participants in prayer before walking the perimeter of campus. Every step and chant marching down University Drive was a symbol of support for Black lives everywhere.
Arrambide’s goal of organizing a Black Lives Matter march was to enlighten the Bethel campus and encourage them to seek information and knowledge about injustices.
“I started this because of the unrest I have had and want to do more,” Arrambide stated. “I hope everyone learned something, met somebody new, gained a friend and learned to love.”
Members of the Bethel community spoke, including Arrambide, Justin Brown, football wide receivers and special teams coach and Nathan Eaton, SGA president.
Brown expressed to the participants that they are part of the change that is taking place. “While we are here at Bethel, let’s embrace each other," he told the participants. "Not everyone looks the same here or comes from the same background, but let’s love each other as God loves us.”