ALANA week: Peace Walk hosted by Black Student Union highlights Sunday events

Asian, Latino, African and Native American. These diverse groups have an established organization which is referred to under the acronym ALANA. On Sunday Sept. 23, representatives from each organization accompanied interested students in a Peace Walk.

Led by the Oswego State Black Students Union, or the BSU, 30 students gathered at Oswego City Hall to participate in the third annual Peace Walk event.

“We’re trying to show the importance of having unity on campus and throughout the world,” BSU President, Ronette Wright said.

The students marched from downtown Oswego to the campus quad at 11 a.m. Sunday, chanting songs about humanity while holding inspiring signs.

“The Peace Walk is basically a way to get our issue out into the city, that’s why we start at City Hall,” Wright said.

“We really just want the Oswego Community to feel welcome to us,” BSU Vice President, Aaron Brown said. “When it comes down to it, we as students are visitors and we want the community to know that we care about it as much as we would our own.”

ALANA members look forward to this event every year.

“The weather wasn’t great and the wind was blowing the signs but at the end we had fun. We didn’t let a rain cloud stop us,” said Destiny Lynch, BSU’s Director of Special Events.

After the walk, participants gathered in the Campus Center to celebrate with a barbeque and games.

Wright expects the walk to be just as successful next year. She plans on becoming a senior advisor for the BSU during her final year on campus. Wright said, “I want to make sure we keep the issue alive, I love this issue.”

Pictured from left to right are Nyasia Elie, Destiny Lynch, and Sherade McKitty holding signs from the walk.