Demonstrations and protests have been taking place all over the country following the death of George Floyd while being detained by four Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers May 25.

Black Lives Matters protests have even been held in Martin. Now, the movement has hit home even harder following a racist video by some UT Martin students that made it to social media. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni staged a demonstration Friday afternoon about their displeasure with the way the administration is handling the ordeal.

Not even the storms raking the area deterred the demonstrators.

The demonstrators are wanting three things from the university:

1. UTM must hold racist students accountable for their actions.

2. UTM must require a class in African-American History and Thought.

3. UTM must create and fund an African-American Studies Institute to coordinate and broadly disseminate an understanding of the African-American experience and its significance to American History.

Demonstrations and protests have been taking place all over the country following the death of George Floyd while being detained by four Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officers May 25.

Black Lives Matters protests have even been held in Martin. Now, the movement has hit home even harder following a racist video by some UT Martin students that made it to social media. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni staged a demonstration Friday afternoon about their displeasure with the way the administration is handling the ordeal.

Not even the storms raking the area deterred the demonstrators.

The demonstrators are wanting three things from the university:

1. UTM must hold racist students accountable for their actions.

2. UTM must require a class in African-American History and Thought.

3. UTM must create and fund an African-American Studies Institute to coordinate and broadly disseminate an understanding of the African-American experience and its significance to American History….

Read entire article in the July 21 print edition.

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