UT students gather in support of Missouri peers

(WBIR - KNOXVILLE) University of Tennessee students, like peers across the country, showed their support Thursday night for students at the University of Missouri with a "Blackout in Solidarity" event.

Missouri has been embroiled by concerns of racism and a lack of diversity in recent days, all of which started when a student leader in September reported he'd been the victim of a racial slur.

Students on the Columbia, Mo., campus have staged rallies and protests, and the university president has resigned after being criticized for failing to be responsive to student concerns.

UT students met Thursday night at Hollingsworth Auditorium on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture campus to show support for Mizzou students.

Similar demonstrations have been held or are planned at campuses ranging from the University of Michigan to Purdue University in Purdue, Ind., to Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

The Black Student Union at UT tweeted out photos Thursday night of the rally and its support for Missouri students.


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