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Mos Def Organizes Rally in Support of the “Jena 6″

mos-def.jpgActor and MC Mos Def will travel to the town of Jena, Louisiana on September 20 to rally in support of the “Jena 6,” a group of African-American students whose legal plight has made headlines in the past weeks. The six students have been charged, many say unfairly, with attempted murder for an assault on a white student who used racial slurs against the group. That incident stemmed from an earlier confrontation with another group of white students who hung three nooses from a “white only” tree in the yard of the local school. Activists and concerned citizens across the country have come to the defense of the African-American students, saying the charges—which could lead to sentences of 20 to 100 years in prison—are excessive and discriminatory. Mos Def is calling on influential African-Americans to join him in Jena, or otherwise show support for the six students. For more information on the Jena 6 case, go to

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