Protests to #ReclaimMLK

January 20, 2015

On many campuses, Martin Luther King Day was marked by lectures or service projects. But some campuses and some students saw protests of recent incidents (and many in the past) in which unarmed black men were killed by police officers. Organized under the Twitter hashtags of #ReclaimMLK and #TakeBackMLK, protesters engaged in civil disobedience they said was inspired by the slain civil rights leader who was honored Monday.

Dozens of Stanford University students were arrested when they blocked traffic on a bridge that crosses San Francisco Bay, The Los Angeles Times reported. The photograph at top right is among those posted to Twitter.

Protesters interrupted a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at Harris-Stowe State University, a historically black institution in Missouri, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The protesters shouted that those in attendance were part of the "establishment," carried an upside-down American flag, and shouted, "No justice, no peace."


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