University community plans march in honor of Jessica Moore
There will be a march protesting violence in honor of Seton Hall student Jessica Moore on Saturday Oct. 29 at 3 p.m.
Faculty mentor of Freshmen Studies, Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett, said Moore’s closest friends, Delores Sarfo-Darko and Jessica Townsend, have created the event.
As a faculty member, Pritchett has helped Moore’s friends create and publicize the event.
“We are marching because she (Moore) was loved; we are marching against fear; we are marching to show our solidarity,” Pritchett said.
According to Pritchett, everyone who would like to attend will meet at the flag poles near Cabrini Hall. There will be a short prayer before the march begins proceeding up South Orange Avenue to South Clinton Street, where the shooting took place.
“We will sing hymns that give peace, courage and a sense of solidarity to participants during the march. We will also invite God’s presence into the midst,” Pritchett said.
When everyone arrives at the location, Pritchett said the group will pray and one or two of Moore’s friends, himself, and Mothers Against Violence will speak.
Pritchett said that this event will represent her life and tragic death.
“I believe Jessica would be proud that she would encourage others to take a stand,” Pritchett said. “I hope this march will bring a spirit of peace and empowerment. One life will become a seed that will give birth to mentoring and anti-violence initiatives.”
Pritchett said that he did not know Moore personally, adding that he was on a retreat at the time she was shot.
“I sent those students back to the University immediately,” Pritchett said. “I am supporting the love that they are showing for their fallen sister.”
Pritchett said the Seton Hall community such as students, faculty, and clergy members will be invited. Pritchett said Moore’s family and an organization that represents mothers who have lost children through violence will also be invited.
Kimberly Bolognini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.