Jena 6: The Begining of a Major Change
This might be one of the biggest civil rights movements/protests in years. People across the country went in bus loads to Jena Louisiana today, September 20, to protest the in justice that occurred there.
This is a march for justice. This is not a march against whites or against Jena,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and one of the protest organizers. Sharpton called Jena the beginning of the 21st century civil rights movement. “[The Rev. Martin Luther] King went to Selma. That wasn’t the only place you couldn’t vote. That was the point of action,” Sharpton said. “They went to Birmingham. That wasn’t the only place we didn’t have public accommodations. It was the point of action. “Jena is a point of action for the Jenas everywhere,” Sharpton said.
Those who couldn’t make it to Jena today are showing support by wearing black or green. This day was chosen because it is the day one of the Jena 6 Mychal Bell was supposed to be senteced to 22 years in prison. But the original sentence was overturned because he was wrongfully charged as an adult. Bell has been in jail since the incident occurred in December, with a bail of $90,000.In addition to the civil rights leaders and young activists who banded together today, music artists are showing their support. The “Jena 6 Empowerment Concert” will take place in Birmingham Alabama on September 29th. Lloyd, Nick Cannon, Sean P, Baby Boy, Twista, Tank, Jagged Edge, Killer Mike, Bobby Brown, Small World and Hurrican Chris are among the artists to perform. (Source: Billboard)
For more info on Jena 6 refer to the previous post:
Here are links to some of the most recent articles concerning the protest:
Race and the Spotlight in Small Town Louisiana: NY TIMES
Thousands rally in Jena ‘march for justice’: CNN
Timeline of the Jena 6 case: The Town Talk (paper from Jena La.)