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Guilford College students Terry Daniels and Najha Zigbi-Johnson speak out during Thursday’s event on campus. Students of color described a campus where they felt isolated, ignored and sometimes unsafe and asked that the college treat them better. Photo by H. Scott Hoffmann/News & Record

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford College students stood with their peers in Missouri on Thursday and presented their own list of demands to the private college’s leaders.

For nearly two hours, students held signs, shared stories and occasionally chanted. Students of color described a campus where they felt isolated, ignored and sometimes unsafe and asked that the college treat them better.

“We wanted y’all to … see us,” said Teresa Bedzigui, a senior from Washington, D.C. “We wanted to have a conversation about black bodies. … It is my duty to make sure this place is less racist.”

The demonstration at Guilford mirrored ones held at other college campuses in the wake of protests at the University of Missouri. Black students at Missouri who complained that the mostly-white school did little to deal with racism on campus forced the resignation this week of both the university’s chancellor and the university system president.

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