Two-mile procession includes peers from FDU, St. Elizabeth.

February 2017 – Quoting Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou and Khalil Gibran, students from Fairleigh Dickinson University, the College of Saint Elizabeth and Drew University spoke thoughtfully and earnestly during a peace march in Madison, N.J.

The two-mile procession began at St. Elizabeth and stopped at FDU and Drew before arriving downtown just after dusk. Beyond students, the multigenerational crowd included professors, administrators, local pastors, residents, children and Mayor Robert Conley. And during the stop at Drew, President MaryAnn Baenninger thanked marchers for exemplifying the spirit of King, whose principals of nonviolence inspired the march.

At the close, students from choirs at FDU and Drew sang “Draw the Circle Wide” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with help from Mark Miller, associate professor and composer in residence at Drew Theological School. Here’s a closer look at the march.