March Against Violence Draws Hundreds

Walk.A.Mile2Hundreds took to the pavement on Wednesday, October 12, to “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes”, in protest of domestic violence. The community came together to stand up against sexual violence with a rally in downtown Muskogee; men traded in their boots for flats, wedges and high heels.

The rally brings awareness to the issue and was attended by more than just Cowboys; Connors Cowgirls marched alongside their classmates as well, holding signs and chanting in defiance of sexual violence.

The rally started in front of the Muskogee County Courthouse and ended inside the Arrowhead Mall in front of JC Penny’s where a speak-out was held. Mike Jackson, Dean of Students, lead the speak-out, where prominent members of the community addressed the issues.

Muskogee Mayor, Bob Coburn; District Attorney Orvil Loge; and Connors State interim President, Dr. Ron Ramming each addressed the crowd, shedding light on different aspects on how together we can end sexual violence.

More than 80 students, faculty and staff members from Connors State College walked along side Dr. Ramming in support.

“We at Connors State takes the issue of domestic violence very seriously,” said Jackson. “Our instructors encourage their students to be involved in campus awareness activities to increase their knowledge about this issue.”

Connors State, for the fourth consecutive year, won the award for the group with the largest in attendance.

“Our administration not only supports awareness events, but also attends and speaks to the dangers of not only domestic violence but also sexual misconduct and assault,” said Jackson. “One event on campus is one too many.  I believe our staff and students feels the same way and I am glad I get to walk with these kinds of people.”

View a full album of photos online HERE.