Support for Jena 6 in Augusta

By: Lynnsey Gardner Email
By: Lynnsey Gardner Email

News 12 at 11, September 20, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga.---The six high schoolers at the heart of the march got the support from a much younger generation of civil rights protesters both there in Jena, Louisiana and here in Augusta, as local Paine College students got their first real taste of the Civil Rights movement.

Paine College students lit a flame for a firestorm smoldering 700 miles away. "It affects me seeing as though I'm half white and my family is half white. It affects us to see things like that are still going on in some places," says student Robert Shuffert.

They are just a few of the new activists stepping forward on the world stage in light of the Jena 6 controversy.

"I kind of hope this will be a new generation in civil rights because once again, we're only one generation behind Rodney King," adds student Jamar Day.

In Jena close to 40 thousand protesters, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III were on hand, but students also came in numbers. Many were new to the civil rights march, echoing those that came decades before.

Paine College student Tiffany Brooks went to Jena for the protest. "This is a good opportunity to show some naysayers about this generation that we are out here and we're concerned about what's going on as far as equality for all."

"It's time for us as students and as a black race to stand up for our culture and to just make a change. It's time for all of us to make a change in the world," adds fellow Paine college protester Keeshundra Jett.

Keeshundra and Tiffany are two of more than 50 Paine College students to make the pilgrimage to Jena, joining students from all over the country.

"What you'll find today across every race, gender, age group, you find people that care about civil rights around the country," says one protester.

A good number right here in Augusta, even some as young as high school. In fact, 90 percent of Josey High School students wore black to school, a symbol of support.

Darius Collins says he is overwhelmed by the support. "My heart proud to see that a school can come together to support something going on in a different part of the country. It shows that if there can be unity here, there can be unity there."


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  • by KJ Location: N. AUGUSTA, SC on Oct 26, 2007 at 06:43 AM
    I have to agree with Delano. There is quite a bit of information that is missing and still people are passing judgement. Let's all get along....I'm sorry brother but it's never going to be that easy. They are to be blamed for their actions, but it is the system that believes that those actions require attempted murder charges to be levied for what amounts to a school yard fighting incident. They are making a huge deal about that boy being beaten within and inch of his life, but he was out of the hospital within hours and out attending public functions, garnering more support from his friends that would lead to the incidents that followed. There is way more to this situation than this small panel can discuss or hope to scratch the surface of. Racism will never, and I regretfully repeat, NEVER go away. There is too much distrust and animosity amongst those that say they believe in and desire equality. Some warranted, some ignorant, all of it real and powerful. WAKE UP PEOPLE! ALL OF US.
  • by Let's all get along Location: Georgia on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:20 PM
    Why are we as the public buying into this? These 6 young boys ought to be charge with assault and battery and do jail time for beating up that young man. The white boys that hung the noose should be suspended from school and be sent to atternative school for the rest of the year. Case solved!! Why are we trying to make a big deal for these 6 young men when they are to be blamed for their actions? The principle or the teacher that gave the boys permission ought to have walked to the tree with the boys and explained that the tree is for everyone and that these boys feel left out. And wanted to hang out there also. The administrator is more to be blame than anyone. They knew what was going to happen from giving these 6 young men the go ahead. Look at the progress we have made in the last 40 years with the Civil Rights Movement. Lets not create another one.
  • by Delano Location: Gadsden, AL on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:00 PM
    Why is nobody talking about the prior stuff that happen, like the fact the some whites students beat up 1 of the 6 black students first, or about the whiteman the held a shot gun up to some blacks students and was not charge. Start from the beginning and the middle or the end. There more that happen besides the nooses and the white boy getting beat up. Talk about and show that. Thanks
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