Take Back the Night planned Tuesday at Barton

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Members of the Wilson community are invited to join Barton College’s faculty, staff and students for “Take Back The Night: One Night, Never Silent, Ending Violence Together” on Tuesday evening.

This event is sponsored and hosted by Barton College Student Health Services in collaboration with the Wesley Shelter of Wilson.

Take Back The Night is an annual program on campus that raises awareness about domestic violence. The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is encouraged to attend.

That evening, participants will gather at 6 p.m. at the Aileen and Bill Parish Plaza at Howard Chapel. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, and Lynne White, executive director of the Wesley Shelter, will bring welcoming remarks on behalf of each participating organization. Additional participants in the program will include Barton students, a survivor of domestic violence and Capt. Kendra Howell of the Wilson Police Department. There will also be a musical selection performed by Suzi Wagner.

Barton’s Kinsey Bell will ring 12 times as a dozen Barton organizations extinguish candles, one for each month, in memory of those lives lost annually as a result of domestic violence. Those groups are represented by members of Barton College student organizations.

Participants who are able will walk the Barton Mile around the perimeter of the campus with glow sticks in hand to honor those who have been affected by domestic violence. Representatives from the Barton College women’s and men’s cross country teams will lead the walk.

For more information, contact Jennifer High, executive director of student health services, at 252-399-6397 or email jmhigh@barton.edu.