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Cumberland University student Brandon Taylor speaks on campus Thursday during a march for social justice. The march was led by a new student organization, Anti-Racial Movement, or ARM. Taylor was an organizer of the event.

More than 100 Cumberland University students, faculty and staff joined in on a student-led march for justice on Thursday. The march was led by a newly formed student organization Anti-Racial Movement, or ARM, which was started by Cumberland student athletes.

ARM’s goal is to include everyone in the fight to eradicate racism in all aspects of life and reach a common goal of peace, according to a university news release. The march started at Nokes-Lasater Field, home of the Cumberland football program, and ended at the main Cumberland campus.

Cumberland student and football player Brandon Taylor co-organized the event.

“ARM is about including everybody, it was put in place so that we can all be included in eradicating racism in all aspects of life,” Taylor said in the release. “We all must come together for one cause — peace, and we must keep pushing to become the family that Cumberland presents to us every time we step foot on campus.”

President Paul Stumb and Athletic Director and Vice President for Enrollment Services Ron Pavan joined students in the march.

“One of Cumberland’s core values is to respect and care for others,” Stumb said. “With the events occurring across the nation, I want all of our students, faculty and staff of color to know that Cumberland stands with them in the fight against injustice. We strive to build a nurturing, inclusive community where all people feel safe, supported, welcomed and celebrated.”

The Cumberland Athletic Department also supports student-athletes in their fight against racial injustice.

“Cumberland Athletics stands in solidarity with people across the nation to say enough is enough,” said Pavan. “This is about unity, not division and I’m proud of our student-athletes for stepping up and striving to make a difference in our community. They are our future leaders and I support them and this movement.”

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