Carolina State basketball players, fans, and media members have been lining up to take part in the first ever Black Lives Matter “black power” rally on campus, with the goal of “making it known that black lives matter.”
The rally, set to take place on Tuesday, is expected to draw up to 1,000 people and is expected, at least in part, to draw attention to the ongoing police killings of African-Americans and others in the country.
The Black Lives Matters rally is being organized by the Black Lives Collective, a student organization founded by former N.B.A. player and former NPSL player Chris Clark.
It is meant to draw a link between police violence against African-American communities and other injustices and to encourage Black students to “show up” at games and other events to show solidarity with the Black community, said Black Lives Black Lives activist and N. C. State graduate, Deontee Anderson.
Carolina basketball coach Brian Kelly said he has no idea if his team will attend the rally, and that the university’s president, Mark Hudspeth, has not offered any plans for the event.
The N.S. State athletic department has not responded to requests for comment.
Navy players have also been on the forefront of protests against police brutality in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, a Navy captain was charged with manslaughter in the death of Navy SEAL Marcus Banks after a video surfaced of the Navy Seal kicking Banks in the face, while another sailor is facing a charge of assault after video surfaced showing a Navy SEAL beating a mentally ill homeless man with a baton.
The video, which was shot by an N.J. State student, shows the man lying on the ground, as one of the men in the background says, “That’s enough.”
The man’s face is covered in blood, and one of his eyes is swollen shut.
Naval Sea Systems Command, the Navy’s top military contractor, was ordered to pay Banks’ family $8 million in damages in May.
The Navy was also forced to pay $5 million to settle charges of negligence and misconduct in the Navy.
Last week, the University of California, Santa Barbara, also released a statement condemning the behavior of its students.
In a statement, the university said: “We have made a commitment to addressing the ongoing concerns raised by Black students at N.CSU and have begun a formal process to address those concerns.
We will also continue to engage students directly and through our academic programs.”