Alabama State University Students Hold Rally For Jena 6

Students across the nation, including here in Alabama,  participate in rallys for the Jena 6. The They're protesting the arrests of six black students in the beatings of a white classmate.

Five of the teens were initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was reduced to battery for all but one. The sixth student was charged as a juvenile.

College students from Birmingham made the trek to Louisiana for the march and rally. Here in Montgomery, Alabama State University students didn't have the money to take a bus.

Several dozen students came out for the rally.

"A lot of students have scattered facts and a bit of information," said SGA President Duncan Kirkwood.

One speaker talked about the traditions begun in the earliest of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery.

"I am confident that by the time you hear the speakers you will know well that the modern day civil rights movement is not over," said an ASU professor.

ASU's Student Government Association president told his classmates the plight of the Jena 6 should be a reminder to them all.

"This strong showing of students indicates that no longer are we sheep being led by the media shepherd into the dark sea of ignorance.With this strong national of support for the Jena 6 we are showing the world that, no we will not go silently into the night while Jim Crowe justice still reigns supreme in many parts of our country," said Kirkwood.

Student Brandy Crenshaw says the students protesting in Alabama and Louisiana have something to prove.

"We've got to prove that there's a lot of injustice going around," said Crenshaw.

The rally even attracted at least one veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery in the 50's and 60's - Annie Shelby. She said she marched with Dr. Martin Luther King and when she heard about Thursday's rally she wanted to come and check it out.