MANHATTAN, Kan. — Thousands of students and others gathered in a sea of purple Tuesday at Kansas State University for a Unity rally in the wake of racial tensions.
The sound of the bell at Anderson Hall rang across the campus students, faculty and staff walked out of classrooms and offices to rally against racism on the administration building’s lawn.
K-State President Richard B. Myers along with Student Body President Jack Ayres, and the Black Student Union president, Darrell Reese Jr. called the 1:30 p.m. rally in response to a series of negative race-related incidents on and near the campus this year.
The unity rally comes nearly two weeks after an incident near the Manhattan campus in which a 21-year-old black man defaced his own car with racist graffiti.
Law enforcement agencies including Riley County Police and the FBI originally looked into the case as a possible hate crime. They later learned the young man did it himself and described it to police as a Halloween prank that got out of hand. No charges were filed.
In July a noose was discovered hanging from a tree in the center of campus and, in a separate incident, fliers containing white supremacist messages were posted around the Manhattan campus.