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Stop the Hate, Show the Love held March 2

The event “Stop the Hate, Show the Love: A Night of Hate Crime Awareness” will be held Friday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Grandfather Mountain Ballroom.

The event is being held in response to a Feb. 11 attack on Boone residents Sarah Nordstrom and Erin Johnston in which they were verbally harassed based on their attacker’s perception of their sexual orientation. Both received serious injuries in the attack.

The event will feature musicians and speakers from campus and the community as well as Nordstrom and Johnston, who is an Appalachian student, who will tell their story.

A fundraiser also will take place in the student union on Friday, March 2, and continue through March 9 at a contact table in the student union.  Proceeds will help defray Nordstrom’s and Johnston’s medical expenses that resulted from the attack.