It is something that has spread across the nation in recent weeks after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Collegiate student-athletes have been using their platform to voice their displeasure on topics like social injustice and equality by staging rallies and marches in and around their campuses.

On Monday, ECU Athletics participated in a “Unity March” that encompassed many different Pirate athletic programs within the department. The idea for a march originated with ECU’s football team and quickly gained support from other student-athletes, coaches and staff.

“Our football team got together last week as a whole to decide that we wanted to do something to spark change for the lives of Black Americans like many of us,” ECU offensive lineman D’Ante Smith said. “The march today was a starting point for us to continue to break down barriers between races and equality so that the world will be a better place.”

The march began on the north-side of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium at 3:45 p.m. and continued to the cupola located at the center of ECU’s campus. Participants wore masks, while some carried signs supporting various causes and initiatives.

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