Not in Our Town

Hundreds participate in Not In Our Town march for unity

On Friday, November 18, nearly 400 people walked in downtown Bowling Green and on the campus of Bowling Green State University as part of the Not In Our Town, an organization that strives to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments, an initiative that the both the City and University share.

The 30-minute Peace March led by BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey and Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards began at noon at Main and Wooster streets, continued east on Wooster to Thurston Street, where it turned north to the BGSU Student Union parking lot, and concluded at the oval in front of the Student Union where walkers gathered, cheered, held signs promoting peace and smiled for the many picture takers who were capturing a very pivotal moment on the BGSU campus. Throughout the March, the participants were greeted by passing motorists who honked in support.

Also marching was Thomas Gibson, BGSU vice president for student affairs and vice provost who commented on the event, “We must be ever vigilant in ensuring that there is no place for racism, sexism, homophobia, intolerance or other bias at Bowling Green State University. There are members of our community who do not feel safe. That is unacceptable.”

Every participant agreed, the march came at the right time.

One student added, "For all students regardless of their age, religion, gender, sexuality, everything...and I think in the results of the election, you know, hate crimes have gone up. I feel as though every student should feel safe going to school and I think this peace march has just been an amazing opportunity for us to show what we believe in," said BGSU student, Aurelian Greeno.

Overall the campus and community believes Bowling Green State University and Bowling Green City is a safe, loving and accepting place but the hope is that the march set the tone for a more tolerant future.

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Peace March Photo Gallery



BGSU and the City of Bowling Green join together to affirm their commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion as well as embrace and celebrate diversity. In joining together, we both have adopted the “Not In Our Town” slogan and agreed to be a part of the Not In Our Town movement.

Not In Our Town was launched in 1995, and grew as a result of a PBS documentary that highlighted the efforts of Billings, Montana citizens who stood up for their neighbors after a series of hate crimes. Today, the Not In Our Town campaign has catalyzed a diverse grassroots movement that has inspired hundreds of communities in the United States and around the world to take action against hate.

Not In Our Town’s mission is to guide, support and inspire people and communities to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all. BGSU and the City of Bowling Green are committed to the goals and ideals of this effort.

We encourage all members of the BGSU and City of Bowling Green communities to join us in taking the Not In Our Town Pledge today and becoming involved in this effort!

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Bowling Green State University Core Values

  • Respect for one another
  • Collaboration
  • Intellectual and personal growth
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Pursuit of excellence

Live, learn, and build community without these values? Not In Our Town.

Not In Our Town helps inspire, empower, and connect individuals and groups working together to counter hate, both online and on the ground.

Pictured are, (l - r) LaTasha Sullivan, President Mary Ellen Mazey, Leslie M. Galan, BGSU Co-Chair, Rev. Gary Saunders, BG Co-Chair.