Aggies United event draws a crowd during protests

Published: Dec. 6, 2016 at 6:59 PM CST
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Along with several protests around campus, the university held an event called Aggies United Tuesday evening.

Organizers say the purpose of the event was to unite all Aggies and combat any form of hate.

A&M brought some major players like actor and author Hill Harper, singer and song writer Ben Rector and TV/Radio host Roland Martin.

Keynote speeches were given by A&M quarterback Trevor Knight and the university's chancellor.

The event even included a talent portion with some current Aggies.

Like many who spoke, emcee Hill Harper, spread a message of inclusion.

"We can understand what is right and what is wrong,” said Harper. “We can understand the difference between justice and injustice. We can understand the difference between hate and love and we understand that coming together we can affirm the positive qualities and also disaffirm and disqualify those that are spouting out hate, disunity and division."

Students in attendance say the university's counter efforts were an example of their commitment to diversity.

“When I first heard that speaker was coming I obviously was a little disappointed,” said Katelyn McCarthy, a student at A&M. “It really held true to me to stand up for diversity and embody diversity and really show love. Above all else here at Texas A&M to show love and diversity so I really was happy that this even was going to occur.”

Organizers say at least 5,000 tickets were pulled through the gates Tuesday night.

Join us for Aggies United, a gathering for Texas A&M University students, faculty, staff & community supporters standing together unwavering in our conviction that we are strongest when united.

Posted by Texas A&M University on Tuesday, December 6, 2016