UNC students from Triad participate in rally to support Missouri

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed up in large numbers outside of the South Building Friday.

A rally hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, the Black Student Movement and the Real Silent Sam Coalition was held to support ongoing protests at the University of Missouri.

University of Missouri students expressed their disappointment in the way university officials handled claims of on-campus racial discrimination.

Campus protests eventually led to the resignation of university system president Tim Wolfe and Missouri chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

During a UNC rally, Carolina students shared stories about their on-campus and off-campus experiences with racial issues and also charged everyone attending the rally to promote the message of love and acceptance for all.

“My hometown right now is Asheboro,” said Atiyah Hamilton, a freshman. “We stand with Missouri. There is power in unity. Things can be done when we are unified. When you stand in solidarity, you can make a difference.”

“It's kind of hard to show people [examples of ongoing racism] when they don't come from the same background as us,” said Jeremy Mckellar, a senior from Greensboro. “But if I could give you that, bottle it up and give it to you? You'd have a change in your heart and your actions toward what's going on in this world.”

“It’s sad to see that in 2015, these things are still occurring,” said Kevin Courts, a second-year medical student from Reidsville. “I showed up here to the rally because I thought it was important to show awareness about what's happening in Missouri and on this campus as well.”