SUNY Cortland's Black Student Union holds 'Blackout for Justice' March

SUNY Cortland's Black Student Union gathered on the steps of Corey Union Monday night (Hannah Bistocchi/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The SUNY Cortland Black Student Union held their sixth annual “Blackout for Justice March” on the steps of Corey Union Monday night.

BSU has hosted the event since 2012, which seeks to raise awareness to injustices in the world and on campus.

“Of course we want people that are in our culture to march for Black Lives Matter, but it’s really more about opening people’s eyes to any problems, even small ones that occur on campus regularly,” said BSU President Taylor Johnson.

President Erik Bitterbaum spoke on behalf of the march, stressing and the importance of diversity and making tough decisions.

“We need to increase the understanding of the world and each other, and prepare ourselves to be a part of society. We want everyone here on campus to come together and contribute ideas here at the college,” Bitterbaum said.

The SUNY Cortland step team, Pyro Dynasty, then performed after Johnson welcomed everyone to another year of marching, thanking everyone who decided to come out to this year’s march.

More than 50 people held signs, marched, and chanted their way through campus, down Tompkins Street and back up to campus.

“I’m hoping to open everyone’s eyes to the fact that there are differences on this campus, and to open people’s eyes to those differences,” Johnson said.