On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 50 protesters met outside the McCarthy Center for a campus-wide walkout protesting hate crimes that occurred in Larned Hall earlier that month. The protest was led by the primary organizer Iyla Driggs, and FSU junior. The protest grew to 250 – 300 participants from the FSU community, including students, faculty, and staff, as they marched. The marchers stopped in front of Larned Hall, where Iyla Driggs gave a speech to the gathered crowd.
"We are gathered here today to take a stand and make a clear statement against the recent and recurring racial incidents that have occurred on this campus.. We are here to denounce hatred. We are here together, not only as students and the FSU family, but as citizens of the world to show that FSU does not tolerate racism and there is no room for hate here or anywhere beyond our campus. We are here in peace to say no to the violence of racism and show the power and beauty of respectful dialogue and unity. We are here to reject all the tenants of racism, hate and violence and to exclaim that the power of unity begins with all of us willing to get proximate to the scourge of racism and make the changes necessary to effect true inclusion. There is no diversity without inclusion and in this day today, we rejoice in peaceful action to bring peace, safety and real community back to our campus. I ask you to join us in that peaceful action so that we can model what peace looks like for those who need to see it."