RSC’s Baptist Collegiate Ministry hosts Freedom Week to end slavery

By: Alex Roberts

Assignment Editor


Freedom Week with BCM

From left, students Katie VanBushkirk and Josiah Rippetoe stand in the cage erected for BCM’s Freedom Week. Students took turns standing in the cage for a total of 27 hours to represent the 27 million people currently enslaved throughout the world.


The RSC Baptist Collegiate Ministry hosted its second annual Freedom Week on April 21-24 on the campus mall to raise awareness about modern-day slavery.

The BCM’s mission during Freedom Week was to help people understand the atrocity of slavery and let people know that it is still occurring in today’s world. According to, there are an estimated 27 million people enslaved right now, which is more than any other time in history.

The BCM set up a steel cage and asked people to endure at least an hour of their time to stand in the enclosure and represent the imprisonment experienced by victims of human trafficking. They wanted to reach at least 27 hours of standing and succeeded in their mission.

Freshman Josiah Rippetoe, majoring in mechanical engineering, said the act of “standing for freedom” represented the 27 million people who are enslaved.

“You can donate to the End it Movement,” Rippetoe said.

Each day of Freedom Week, the BCM offered free food and entertainment to draw a crowd of people and share the mission to end slavery. Local churches that volunteered to provide food included Country Estates Baptist Church and Sunnylane Southern Baptist Church.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the BCM provided a live band on the campus mall. On Thursday, an artist from provided live music while a car bash in the parking lot just north of the Aquatics Center added a little fun for students. To wrap up the week, the BCM held a benefit concert Thursday night in the Raider Room.

Throughout Freedom Week, the RSC Baptist Collegiate Ministry gave students multiple ways to donate money, which would go directly to the End it Movement.

The BCM sold different kinds of T-shirts, provided a car bash which allowed two hits per dollar given, and pointed students to a website where they could donate directly to the End it Movement.

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