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Walk for Awareness held Sept. 7

BOONE—The annual Walk for Awareness will turn 21 this year.

The 21st Walk for Awareness at Appalachian State University will be held Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. on Sanford Mall.  Prior to the walk, the video “Why Walk? A Survivor’s Story” will be shown in the Price Lake Room of Plemmons Student Union at 8 p.m.  Speakers for the walk include Maliaka King Albrecht, a North Carolina poet, and Jamar Banks, director of the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at Appalachian.

The Walk for Awareness began in 1989 after the abduction and murder of a university employee.  It serves as a reminder to campus and community members alike that personal safety is important.  It also commemorates lives lost to violence, supports victims and survivors of violence, and serves as a collective moment of empowerment.

Walk for Awareness is being held in conjunction with Appalachian’s Safety Week.  The theme of this year’s Safety Week is “Be Safe-On Campus, At Home, Online.”  Contact tables will be in the student union Sept. 7-10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and other activities include special programs and activities on relationship safety, personal and psychological safety, public safety and safety online. Visit

Sponsors of the Walk for Awareness include Appalachian’s Women’s Center, Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance, Safety Week Committee, Parents Association and University Highlands.