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As some of you may already know, last week Friday, the Black Caucus President at Penn St. University received a death threat in the mail. This letter said that there is no place for "niggers" at this white school, in a white town. The letter also stated that if this person was still alive by the time graduation came around, there would be a bomb there. They also stated that there was a body of a dead black man in the woods.

Saturday, during an intersquad football game, 26 members of the Black Caucus ran on the field. These people were arrested for trespassing, and were released later on that day. The members ran on the field to protest the continuation of prejudice that takes place at Penn St., and the silence of Penn St. President Graham Spanier. After the game, President Spanier announced that there would be a nity March, Tuesday, April 24, on the Penn St. campus. Members of the Black Caucus were not informed that this march was being planned, and were upset by his actions. Black students have been receiving threatening letters and e-mails the past two years, and the administration has not been cooperating with the student body. The march yesterday turned into a protest that has not ended.

President Spanier released a brief statement during the rally, and then left as the Black Caucus President begged him to stay, because her life is in danger. President Spanier proceeded to meet with the press in a closed Press Conference, as 4,000 plus students, of every ethnic background, continued to protest in the cold wind. Members of the NAACP and the Nation of Islam attended and spoke at yesterday's rally. The Nation of Islam informed the student body that Pennsylvania has 32 hate groups within the state, more than any other state in the country.

Three hours after the rally began, President Spanier announced that he would meet with 15 members of the Black Caucus, in a private meeting. After four hours of negotiation, the meeting came to a close, when President Spanier refused to meet the requests of the student body, which include: building a Black Cultural Resource Center, and to increase hiring in the African and African American Studies Department of Penn St.

Since no agreement has been met, students have refused to leave the HUB, a student building on campus. Around 300 students slept there last night, refusing to leave until an agreement is met. The wake-up for students this morning became extremely frightening when police announced that a dead black male was found 2 hours from campus. The identity of the body is not known, and there is no word right now if it was a Penn St. student.

The student body of Penn St. would like the support of the nation to end racial discrimination at our school and across the nation. We are all God's people, and in this crucial time, we all need to come together in His name.

Please forward this e-mail to everyone you know, so the people outside of Penn St. know the racial struggles that
continue on this campus, and in this country everyday.

God Bless.
Justin L. Denham
Sophomore- Penn St. University


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PostPosted: 05/11/01 09:00:00 AM 
oh jesus. i am too angry and sad to comment about this right now...

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