Mos Def Organizes Rally in Support of the “Jena 6″
Actor 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 www.freethejena6.org.