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Students Nationwide Protest Killing of Trayvon Martin

Students Nationwide Protest Killing of Trayvon Martin
March 26, 2012

Students on many campuses held protests last week of the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black 17-year old who was shot and killed in Florida. His killer has claimed self-defense and, to date, faces no charges, outraging many. Other campuses are planning protests this week.

The case -- seen by many as highlighting the discrimination faced by young black men -- has been the subject of particular discussion at historically black colleges and universities. More than 100 Livingstone College students held a protest Friday. Howard University students held a vigil. At Paul Quinn College, President Michael Sorrell invited students and others to attend a rally that attracted hundreds. Students at Winston-Salem State University also held a protest.

The protests and activities are by no means limited to historically black colleges. At the University of South Florida, black students organized a protest in which they sat with signs that demonstrated what Trayvon Martin had with him when he was shot. Signs said:

  • Hoodie. Check.
  • Package of Skittles. Check.
  • Drink. Check.
  • Black. Check.

Those statements were followed by the quote: "Hope I don’t get shot."

Western Michigan University students are planning a rally for today at which they are encouraging people to wear hoodies. A protest is also planned for today at Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

 

 

 

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