In response to the outcry over recent killings of George Floyd and other Black people by police officers, Northeastern on Monday affirmed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A vigil and a roundtable discussion honored the Black people whose lives were taken unjustly and set a course for what must happen next. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, said that the killings of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade have sparked a universal call to action.
“Let me say, on behalf of the Northeastern University community: Black Lives Matter,” Aoun said at a morning vigil to honor this Day for Reflection, Engagement, and Action. “Let us get to work on a path forward. Let us pledge to one another, in the days and weeks ahead, that our university will take action. “And let us undertake this work together. Lasting change happens when we all take ownership.”