Today in NC State History: Brickyard hosts fast for peace

March 23, 2013
By Chris Saunders

blog_series6Central America was a region of civil unrest and political turmoil in the 1980s. There was no more potent symbol of that than when Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero was assassinated in 1980.

And it was on this day in 1983 when students at NC State turned their conscience toward that region and held a fast for peace. There they honored Romero, whose assassin was never caught.

The students also read the names of everyone who had died or disappeared in Guatemala, where the government was committing mass genocide,  and El Salvador, where the nation was embroiled in civil war.

The event was sponsored by Cooperative Ministry and the NC State Committee for Central America. There was also a Central American film festival held all week in the Walnut Room to raise awareness about the strife in that region.

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