TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)—Indiana State University Football team marched from the Vigo County Courthouse to the ISU African American Culture Center Sunday.

Mekhi Ware helped organize the protest and he said he wanted to take a stand in the fight against racism.

“I felt like it was my job to educate my teammates and my coaches. At the end of the day that’s what it’s about. We want to educate to progress as a community, as a country. That’s what we’ve done over the past few months as a team,” Ware said.

The team hosted a series of Zoom meeting to discuss racial injustices against Black people in America.

He said educating other is the first step in the long journey ahead.

“This is a fight that we have to continue to fight not just for today and tomorrow or a year from now. We have to fight this good fight for decades and centuries to come. That’s why I tell my teammates and coaches all the time, we have to continue to apply pressure,” Ware noted.

University officials and community leaders also attended the march. ISU Head Football Coach, Curt Mallory, said he feels this is an important conversation that needs to be had.

“You’re not always going to agree but you get a chance to know where everyone is coming from. I think Reverend Clark put it best, you can get along with everybody as long as I know where you’re coming from. That’s been a big part of this, just getting to know and getting to learn from each other,” Mallory said.

The team will host a seminar with university police to discuss the relationship between the police and the community.