Statesboro participated in Women’s March

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Tara Bailey

People rallied together at Georgia Southern University Saturday afternoon in support for the Women’s March on Washington.

A Facebook post inspired the event, and it became an event that people from all over the world participated in.

Those who could not attend in Washington have started their own sister marches around the world, including here in Statesboro.

According to Jill Johns, the co-organizer of the event, the march started out as an idea at three o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon, and it soon became an event for people to participate in Statesboro.

Johns explained why she personally wanted to be a part of this march.

“I want to be on the right side of history. I have four teenage children. They’ve heard me say things about believing in equality and nonviolence and peace, but I want to put my action where my words are,” Johns said.

The march, which took place the day after Trump’s inauguration, set out to make sure that their voices were heard.

“I think we need to just make people aware. It’s not just equal rights for women and minorities; it’s for all,” Karen Heller, the library staff assistant at GS, said.

Following the march, people gathered together for a rally at the rotunda to hear from several speakers and live music from the local band, R&B.

Brandi Harvey, singer for the band, shared why she decided to perform in support for the event.

“I feel like it’s all too common for young women to feel a sense of shame or feel like it’s their fault when they’re, you know, treated sexually or inferior, and I don’t think that’s right. And so that’s one of the reasons I’m here today,” Harvey said.

About 250 people marched from Sweetheart Circle to the Rotunda on Saturday.