“We Are All Affected”

Loyola community gathers to reflect on historic week in Baltimore

By Brigid Hamilton, '06  |  Photos by Jacob Petrini, '16, Sydney Groll, '16, and Emily Brookshire, '16

Following the unrest and peaceful protests, a mandatory curfew, and general uncertainty in the city of Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray—and later, the announcement of the charges brought against the police officers involved—the Loyola community gathered on the Quad on the evening of Friday, May 1, for “Thinking About Baltimore: We Are All Affected.”

“This historic week for our city has given us much to consider as a university community that is located and deeply invested in Baltimore,” Loyola President Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., said in a letter to the community earlier in the week. “As the news has unfolded, and we have witnessed reports of both demonstrations and violence in Baltimore, as well as protests occurring in cities around the country, we come face to face with issues that are often easier to overlook or set aside.”

“Thinking About Baltimore: We Are All Affected” provided a platform to acknowledge these issues that are often set aside. The gathering offered students, faculty, staff, and community members an opportunity to share, discuss, and reflect on the week’s events that affected each member of the Loyola community as well as the greater Baltimore area.

Speakers included students who shared stories of racial and social injustice and of their experiences in the peaceful protests in Baltimore and in helping clean up after the destruction of Monday night’s riots; faculty members; and administrators from ALANA Services, the Center for Community Service and Justice, and Campus Ministry, among other departments on campus.

The photographs below are of the Loyola community, coming together to stand in solidarity with our city, to pray for peace and social justice, and to commit to being leaders in making for a better tomorrow in our community—and beyond.

The student organizers of the event welcome attendees and distribute candles and blue bags that would serve as luminaries at dusk, encouraging them to write a thought, reflection, or message about the week’s events on their bag.

Students experienced a range of emotions as the community came together to reflect on the events of the week.

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Rev. John Murray, S.J., spoke to the group about discerning the week’s events.

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Students sat with friends as they listened to the evening’s speakers.

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Students, faculty, administrators, staff, and community members spread blankets and sat together in the grass in front of the Humanities Center.

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More than 200 members of the Loyola community attended the event, which was student-led and organized in collaboration with ALANA Services, academic affairs, Center for Community Service and Justice, Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, and office of student life.

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Arthur Sutherland, Ph.D., professor of theology, discussed why students, along with himself, should be affected.

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A candlelight vigil for peace and justice was held at sunset.

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The community joined in walking together around the Quad in silent remembrance of the week’s events and the messages of the gathering’s speakers.

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Students held candles and signs they made for peaceful protests earlier in the week as they walked in unison.

The on-campus gathering was part of numerous activities in which students participated around the community, including a peaceful rally on York Road and joining with the York Road Initiative in cleaning up areas of the northern corridor that had been impacted by the unrest.

The office of student engagement and Campus Ministry invited members of the Loyola community to write why they love Baltimore on a whiteboard, pose for a photo, and share on social media using the #OneBaltimore hashtag.

Find out why Loyola Loves Baltimore.

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