Members of the Cornell Black Law Students Association and other students held a silent protest on Thursday, September 29, at the Law School to express "condolences to the families of Keith Lamont Scott and Terence Crutcher, the nation's most recent victims of police shootings." Participants in the protest attended classes, but remained silent from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., wore all black, and placed tape over their mouths bearing the victims names or phrases such as "Black Lives Matter."
In a statement to fellow students before the protest, the BLSA said that "we hope to remind our peers what #BlackLivesMatter stands for and to take action against bias and racial injustice."
"It is essential, as future lawyers, to be engaged in such an important national discourse," said Shelbi Vaughn, president of the BLSA. "Black Law Students Associations and Black Business Students Associations across the country are organizing movements and standing in solidarity to fight against racial injustice. On Thursday, members of the Cornell Law community joined our business school counterparts at Johnson to raise awareness and to stand for something meaningful."