Following the demonstration, the group held a discussion in Saunders Hall, where students gathered Thursday night to discuss the memorial and its greater meaning.
Students present at the discussion voiced similar sentiments: They were there to learn and to raise their own awareness of campus history as it pertains to oppression of minorities.
Senior Aisha Rajput said she feels personally connected to the demonstrations because of the disrespect people show to the memorial.
“Rain or shine, snow or whatever, in whatever season it is, people still disgrace it,” she said.
Rajput participated in Wednesday’s demonstration and said it was difficult at times.
“It was a powerful movement for me because my arms were starting to shake,” she said. “But who else would hold it but me?”
As the discussion moved into smaller groups, students were able to voice opinions about the construction of the memorial and how it affected them personally.
Freshman Amu Muyanga wondered whether the memorial should remain on campus.