Black Student Alliance Holds 'Jena 6' Protest

Reported by Jake Weber

ALBION, Mich. —  Albion College Black Student Alliance (BSA) joins a national protest scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20, as five Louisiana high school students face a murder trial. BSA’s ‘Jena 6’ case rally takes place from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in front of the College’s Baldwin Hall.

“We want to make the campus and community aware of the acts of injustice that are taking place in the world today, and to show our concern for humanity,” said BSA president Shay Fields, explaining why Albion students have organized a local protest.

The current “Jena 6” pending trial stems from a 2006 incident at Jena (Louisiana) High School, begun when an African-American student, new to the school, asked permission to sit beneath a tree commonly used only by white students. Numerous violent incidents ensued in the community, culminated in a felony conviction for an African-American student, in a trial widely condemned as flawed. Trials for the other defendants in the same case will begin trial within the next few weeks.

During the protest, BSA will distribute green and black protest ribbons and literature detailing Jena’s recent history. At 12:06 p.m., the protest will observe several moments of silence.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see or contact Fields at .