A crowd of faces from all backgrounds watched a parade of young, old and passionate African-American activists plead for the preservation of black studies at Temple University on Wednesday.
"We're going to do whatever it takes to preserve the dignity and respect of our department," said Christina Harris, a doctoral student of the subject.
Students rallied at the bell tower between 13th and 12th streets on Berks Street/Polett Walk, expressing concern over a lack of leadership and direction in the liberal arts college that could lead to the scaling back of the department's influence and impact.
"It's definitely being marginalized," said Tyree Boyd, 24, a black studies masters student.
Ronald Armour, who's lived in the North Philadelphia community for generations, sweated through his white shirt while speaking to the crowd.
"It's very good when I can see students, the next generation, standing up," he said.