CHICO, Calif. -- Thursday marked the last day of Black History Month. In honor of this, dozens of Chico State students met to raise awareness in what they called the 'We Matter' vigil.
This event was hosted by the Black Student Union at Chico State. The president of the student group said this was all to honor black lives lost to police brutality.
The event opened with several spoken word poems and a speech made by a Chico State staff member.
We spoke with the president of the Black Student Union. She said this was an important event to host to reach out to both black and white students for support, seeing as that black students make up such a small population at Chico State.
"A lot of times people don't understand that when certain situations like this happen, people are going to express themselves in different ways. My union we come, but we come in peace, you know, bearing the truth. And you know, a lot of people when they get the truth in their hearts you know they attack the situation very differently," said Tyrek Edwards, Treasurer of the CSUC Black Student Union.
"We just wanted to get the message across. We don't have much black students here on campus so it's very hard for us to get together to have great turnouts here. So we just wanted to let other people know and see that we do need more support and we can't just do it ourselves," said Tavona Lindo, President of the CSUC Black Student Union.
There are around 30 members in the Black Student Union.
The Black Student Union also hosted several other events for Black History Month including Black Trivia Night and a Gospel Choir performance.