Invisible Children cover Bowling Green on Friday

Maciena Justice

Last Friday night, members of WKU’s chapter of Invisible Children participated in Kony 2012 “Cover the Night.”

“Cover the Night” took place in multiple cities, hoping that on Saturday morning when citizens woke up, they would be forced to see Joseph Kony’s name and find out who he is and what he has done.

“We want to make him infamous, recognizable like Hitler,” said Chris Ford, WKU’s chapter of Invisible Children co-president.

Ford, a senior from Hartsville, Ky., said Kony has been kidnapping children and forcing them into being soldiers for the Lord’s Resistance Army.

Invisible Children is a national organization that brings awareness not only to those overseas, but are also concerned with inequalities that are within America’s own back yard, Ford said.

The organization works with programs such as “Operation Christmas Child.”

“{They} don’t shy away from getting hands dirty,” Ford said.

“It’s our social responsibility to take it upon ourselves to raise awareness about injustices,” said Leah Railey, Douglassville, Ga.

Railey, a sophomore, joined the group because she feels that it is important to know what is going on in the world.

“Putting posters where you can’t ignore them and will want to learn more,” Railey said.

Megan Murphy, the co-president of WKU’s chapter said she had been involved with the group since last semester.

Murphy said to prepare for “Cover the Night,” the group used social media like Facebook to collect members.

“We encouraged our members to wear their Kony 2012 T-shirts at the blood drive,” she said.

The blood drive was the groups’ community service project that they participated in for “Cover the Night.”

The group divided to cover downtown Bowling Green and campus with poster and chalk drawings.

Murphy spent time speaking with the Bowling Green Police Department and the WKU Police Department to learn exactly where they could and could not place their posters and chalk drawings.

About 20 people showed up for the initial wave of students who were covering the area with posters.

There were symbols drawn on the posters and chalk drawings of an inverted triangle, which symbolized turning the systems of the powerful few on top upside down. Showing that the individual person with the help of others are the powerful ones.