NORMAL, Ala. (WHNT) - Chants of unity and frustration pierced the air over Alabama A & M University Thursday.
"What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"
A megaphone and around a hundred students made the lunch hour a bit louder as the student government led a March for Justice on campus.
"Our students are aware," said student body president Jasmine Story. "We're aware of what's going on, and we stick together when we feel like there's an attack on our community."
Students representing different fraternities, sororities, and social groups held up signs while chanting 'No justice, no peace,' fists in the air.
The demonstrating students say the recent events unveil a harsh reality for young black Americans.
"Very angry, very confused," said graduate student Joshua Williams. "We're still faced with a number of different issues, but we will overcome like always."
Williams said he made it a point to wear a suit to show that negative stereotypes of black men are often false, especially among those who are fighting for justice.
"It has been a genocide, it has been a massacre of the black man," said senior Aaron Walker. "We have to wake up. It's an awakening, a sobering moment for us."
The march ended in a square where student leaders got on stage and read monologues telling stories of Trayvon Martin, Emmitt Till, Mike Brown, and others. Students feel the historically black college is the perfect place to spread the message.
"This is supposed to be the place that we foster these types of issues," said Walker. "Where we can come and talk about them, and find solutions to them."
Solutions, they say, they cannot find with violence.
"Why be violent?" Williams said he believes in the nonviolent methods set forth during the Civil Rights Movement. "I think Dr. Martin [Luther] King said to drive out hatred, you must be of love."
"We understand that we're upset," said Story. "But where do we go from here, what are we going to do as a black community that's better, to better our community?"