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Saturday, September 27, 2014

IvyTower- Students Form Civil Rights Coalition


 
 The original heading for this story, was: "After Ferguson:Students form civil rights coalition" However, Ferguson is not over by a long shot, the brutality is still going on there.



The students announced on Monday the formation of the Black Ivy Coalition — the first partnership of its kind which will focus on long-term advocacy work — in a statement acknowledging the importance of college activism in promoting civil rights today. 
 
“It is our mission to compel our society to revalue Black lives and end the violation of human and civil rights of Black people. We aim to correct the misconception that the Civil Rights movement is over and the United States exists in a paradigm of post-racism — that the slew of recent deaths is nothing more than a series of isolated incidents,” reads the statement released by the group. 
 
The coalition grew out of conversations between students after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Brown’s shooting highlighted the racial tensions between the black community and law enforcement, but also served as a call to action for many student activists. 
 
Shortly after the shooting, many students across the country became involved in local protests. It was around this time that student leaders from Penn started talking informally online with other students at Yale and Columbia universities, said College senior and UMOJA co-chair Denzel Cummings. 

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