Hundreds of Students, Faculty and Staff Participate in “Defend Public Education Day”
BATON ROUGE – Hundreds of students, faculty and staff participated in “Defend Public Education Day” on Oct. 7, with a jazz funeral procession on the LSU Parade Ground. The event at LSU – organized to raise awareness of the impact of proposed budget cuts – was sponsored by two student groups, Proud Students and the LSU Graduate Student Association; two faculty groups, the LSU Faculty Senate and LSUnited; and the Louisiana Association of Educators.
“Defend Public Education Day” was held to remind elected officials that funding public education at the K-12 and higher education levels is key to economic growth in Louisiana. The sacred Louisiana tradition of a jazz funeral was used to celebrate the resilience and solidarity of the LSU community and commemorate what will be lost and its impact on students and on the future of Louisiana’s economy.
The jazz funeral procession, which included faculty, staff and students dressed in traditional black funeral attire, began on the LSU Parade Ground then passed in front of the LSU Student Union and turned toward the Memorial Tower, before stopping at the LSU War Memorial.