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Jena Protest Evokes Civil Rights Era Memories

Protesters march through Jena, La.

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News Headlines: Sept. 21, 2007

The Times Picayune: Jena Protest Reminiscent of Civil Rights Era Demonstrations — "Hailing from as far as England, protesters arrived at sunrise by the busload to rally behind the Jena Six, as the accused teens have come to be known, in a legal case that has drawn worldwide attention. The marchers, many of whom traveled overnight from cities such as Detroit, Philadelphia and New York, held hands and walked eight abreast, shouting, 'No justice, no peace,' and singing soul singer James Brown's 'I'm Black and I'm Proud.'"

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it seems like people with money that could help our people are afraid to stand up. if all the peope with money that we as poor blacks support in sports by purchasing shoes, hats, jackets anything with their number or name would put money into a fund to help or even go to areas that are poor and set up places like th boys and girls club that can teach these young people at a very early age that you can do something other than fight show them in education you can change the way you live. why have we not heard of the west virginia beating and rape of megan williams.

Sent by janae holland | 2:59 PM | 9-21-2007

In response to J. Holland's comment. We don't know who has donated money and who hasn't, however your comment does give me pause to think. If African Americans stop putting their money on material objects such as name brand clothes, maybe we could put our money into more meaningful and long-term investments that would ensure a more just and stable life for future generations of African Americans. As a teacher, I am all too aware of the wasteful manner in which our poorer brothers and sisters, use their money. Many of our children no longer see the value in education, nor do many of their parents. This Jena 6 case is truly causing us to think back on when we were fighting for something important. Maybe there is a reason this had to happen. I just hope that we African Americans don't miss the bigger message.

Sent by Lauren Schexnider | 8:01 PM | 9-21-2007

It's good to remind people and from time to time still do marches, but you have to evolve beyond just marching to bring long lasting change. Black people need to become lawyers and judges and use their powers to create changes in the laws and in the status quo of how things are done in this country. The situation in Jena is just the tip of the iceberg of things that still need to change

Sent by Still struggling | 12:14 AM | 9-22-2007