PHOTOS: Social injustice demonstration at Paul and Babe

About 150 attended Saturday’s demonstration, hosted by Bemidji State University’s Black student union, calling for social justice and equality.

Black Student Union president Zoe Christensen

The event, from 2 to 4 at Paul Bunyan Park, was peaceful, and attendees dispersed afterward.

The speakers shared stories of times they had experienced prejudice based on the color of their skin, including Christensen.

Zoe Christensen

Other speakers at the event included BSU Professors Dr. David Frison, Black Student Union Adviser as well as business professor and Dr. John Gonzalez, psychology department and also serves on the Bemidji Area School Board.

Mrs. Sherrill Frison opened the event with a prayer and “Word from a Black Woman and Mother”

Dr. David Frison delivering “Minnesota Not Nice” speech

Wiley Family Song and Performance

Dr. John Gonzalez “Your Silence is a Continuation of Violence.” Dr. Gonzalez offered a four-point ‘lesson plan’ for white allies to use to be anti-racist.

Bemidji State’s Council president of the Council of Indian Students Asin. She introduced the nine minutes of silence in memory of George Floyd.

Members of the Black Student Union kneel in memory of George Floyd.

Renee Gurneau speaks on the violence the Native American community has experienced over the generations.

Sign held by demonstrator. George Floyd called for ‘Mama’ in his last moments.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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