Penn State’s Black Caucus commemorates 20th anniversary of ‘The Village’

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CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State’s Black Caucus marched from Beaver Stadium to Old Main this afternoon, marking the 20th anniversary of “The Village.”

In 2001, over 100 students took over the HUB-Robeson Center for 10 days, coming together as a “village” pressuring the university to take action against the campus’ racist climate.

“We would also like folks to understand their collective power, the power that we have when we’re together as a community, this is the last day of classes, this is one of the first times we’ve been together as a community,” said Nyla Holland, President of the PSU Black Caucus.

“Kind of celebrate the progress we have had and looking towards the future on what progress needs to be done.”

The event will began at Beaver Stadium at 4 p.m., a nod to when 26 people were arrested after locking arms on the 50-yard line and praying at the start of the annual Blue-White Game in response to racial death threats.

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