The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) of Florida Gulf Coast University will sponsor “Blue and Green Goes Blue and Black,” a unity walk, on February 4, 2017. The organization hopes to unify law enforcement officers with Fort Myers community members. The NBLSA chapter will partner with other FGCU student organizations to make the walk an inclusive event.
The walk will begin at Fort Myers Police Department (2210 Widman Way, Fort Myers) at 10:00 a.m. and end at the Lee County Black History Society (1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers). A reception with music, food and beverages will follow at the Lee County Black History Society.
Instead of wearing FGCU’s traditional blue and green, participants are asked to wear blue and black: Blue to symbolize the police force and black to symbolize the black community. Members of the Fort Myers Police Department will walk alongside students and Fort Myers residents.Many recent tragedies nationwide have placed a strain on police-community relations. Blue and Green goes Blue and Black organizers wish to bridge the gap between the police department and the community. The goal of the walk is to show that partnership, peace, and unity are possible.
“Anyone can participate in the walk,” says event chair Simone Nelzi, secretary of the NBLSA at FGCU. “While it’s an event created by FGCU students, it’s for the community. Our focus is on building a bridge of trust to unite the community and law enforcement.”
Event planners hope the walk will become an annual tradition.
Walkers are asked to arrive and sign in at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Fort Myers police station. Participants may register in advance by emailing Nelzi: email@example.com, however advance registration is not necessary.
For additional information, contact Nelzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.