For ten minutes on Friday afternoon, the usually bustling Student Union was silent as students lay down on the building’s ground floor with their fists in the air.
This action was just one part of Friday's “die-in,” an event responding to this week's police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte.
The event began at noon, when a cappella group Harmonyx performed J. Cole's "Be Free."
At this time, students held up signs that said "BLACKLIVESMATTER", "STOP KILLING US" and "#TERENCECRUTCHER #KEITHSCOTT WHO'S NEXT?". When the song finished, students filed into the Union and lay down on the floor.
UNC Charlotte held a similar "die-in" in their student union on Wednesday as a peaceful protest of the shooting of Keith Scott.
Graduate student Miurel Price said she thought it was impactful seeing students on the ground together in support of the injustices facing the black community.
“I think it’s beautiful to see a diverse community show support for a group of people to show compassion and to show love towards a community being oppressed, ostracized and targeted in a negative way,” Price said.
As students in the Union started to stand up again, they joined Harmonyx in singing "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Lyric sheets for the song were passed around.
First-year Kenan Walden said he didn't know what to expect from the "die-in," but thought it fulfilled its purpose of peaceful protest.