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Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement: “We have to look at structural racism”

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Movement: “We have to look at structural racism”

By Samantha Jones Toal

February 21, 2016


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The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when three women created the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.EJ“It broke my heart. I felt like I got punched in the gut,” said Opal Tometi, co-founder of the movement, during h...

Black Lives Matter co-founder to visit UI

Black Lives Matter co-founder to visit UI

By Samantha Jones Toal

January 28, 2016


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The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 when three girls created the Twitter hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.Opal Tometi, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, will visit the University on Feb. 19 to talk about t...

UI students push for change on campus

By Marijo Enderle

December 9, 2015


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By Marijo EnderleAssistant news editorThe creation of an “Illini White Student Union” Facebook page — created on Nov. 18 — gained national attention and sparked responses and new initiatives from University administrators.The Facebook page denounced black students and Black Lives Matter suppor...

Students, faculty gather for love and solidarity rally

Students, faculty gather for love and solidarity rally

By Lilly Mashayek

December 3, 2015


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Adorned with red and black arm bands, allies of the black solidarity movement gathered on the quad Wednesday for a “Love and Solidarity” rally. Students and faculty organizations read statements of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and black students, faculty and community members. The ...

University pressures Facebook to shut down 'Illini White Student Union' page

By Marijo Enderle

November 19, 2015


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Update: Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the University will continue to work with Facebook to have the Illini White Student Union page removed from the site.“It is disturbing and cowardly that someone would create an anonymous and senseless social media page specifically designed to intimidate o...