More than 50 students gathered under a tree outside Soper Hall of Commons Sept. 21 to show their support for the Jena Six, a group of African-American high school students accused of beating a white classmate last year in Jena, La., and subsequently jailed. The Jena incident began when black students sat beneath a "white" tree on their high school campus; the next day, nooses were found hanging from the tree.
Hamilton's Black Student Union urged participants to wear black t-shirts, and BSU members collected signatures in support of an online petition and distributed information about the Jena Six case. "Even here at Hamilton College it's important to question injustice," Corinne Bancroft '10 told The Spectator. "This is our world, and these things are happening. We need to take ownership and say that it's wrong."