About 70 students from Tougaloo College in Jackson are planning to join thousands of demonstrators in Jena, Louisiana.
Jackson television station WJTV reported Waikinya Clanton is one of those Tougaloo students.
The Canton native says participating in Thursday’s protest gets her involved.
Jackson native Rashad Junior says his mother is a civil right activist who has always encouraged him to join social causes.
Five of the black teens were initially charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate, but that charge was reduced to battery for all but one, who has yet to be arraigned; the sixth teen was charged as a juvenile.
Three white high school students who hung nooses in a tree on their high school grounds were not charged.
– Associated Press
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