Black student groups to march for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
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A memorial will be held at 1:45 on Friday afternoon at the UO Amphitheater for Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be hosted by the UO Black Women of Achievement Group.
The University of Oregon Black Student Union will also be marching to 13th and Agate Street following the vigil, and planting posts in the Hamilton Hall lawn, according to a recent Facebook post.
“We will give everyone a black bow to wear, hold photos, and plant stakes to represent the countless lives lost under the hands of police officers. If you can, please wear a black shirt,” the post also stated.
The two African-American men suffered fatal gunshot injuries from police, causing an uproar from the public. The footage of the shootings appeared in videos on social media.
Alton Sterling, 37, was shot by Baton Rouge police who were reportedly responding to call about an armed black man on Tuesday morning.
The next night, Philando Castile was shot by St. Paul police in Minnesota after being pulled over for a broken tail light. His wife streamed the aftermath on Facebook’s live video-streaming feature. Castile’s daughter was also in the car.
UO students and faculty have responded to this tragedy with an outpouring of anger, sadness and resignation on social media.
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