University of Washington students marched through the UW campus on Thursday to show solidarity for black students at the University of Missouri.

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University of Washington students marched through the UW campus in a rally to show solidarity for black students at the University of Missouri.

About 200 people started in Red Square, then marched through the Gerberding administration building and the Suzzallo, Allen and Odegaard libraries. At Odegaard, they made speeches from the top of the grand staircase.

The group then moved off campus, briefly blocking 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street.

“We had a fantastic turnout today,” said Palca Shibale, one of the student organizers of the event. She said she was glad to see so many black students and allies attend the rally. “We wanted to show solidarity with the University of Missouri students,” she said.

Earlier, in a statement on its Facebook page, the UW’s Black Student Union shared information about the rally, saying: “The acts that have taken place on their campus demonstrate the racism and oppression inherent, and institutionalized within the higher education systems of this country.

“Today it is their campus, but as Black students, we are well aware that tomorrow it could be ours.”

The statement describes “the hours of unpaid extra work that many of us put into enhancing the experience of all students on our campus — sitting on multiple committees, playing on sports teams, or serving in various leadership positions — our contributions go unnoticed and our complaints go unheard.”