EKU students, faculty, staff and others rallied together Thursday afternoon for the Unity March, showing support for campus diversity with a Trump visit just two days away.
Yelling chants with signs in hand, participants marched from Keen Johnson plaza at around 2 p.m. to spots around campus before stopping in the Ravine to give speeches.
Katie Anderson, an 18-year-old freshman nursing major from Williamsburg, Kentucky said she marched to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.
"I do not agree with Trump’s ideas and I believe he is a racist, homophobic and transphobic person,” Anderson said.
London Nelson, a 20-year-old junior criminal justice major from Louisville, felt students' concerns were not properly handled by the university.
"It’s not been a good experience. They set up a forum for us to have our questions be answered. Every time there was a question we had, we were presented with stats and numbers," Nelson said.
During the march, participants led chants of "No justice, no peace," and "The people, united, will never be divided."
Saturday's rally is expected to garner day-long protest. Richmond police have designated a zone for protestors on the southern end of campus, between Keene Hall and the Center for the Arts.