Mizzou student-athletes plan sit-in Wednesday in Columbia

Posted at 6:48 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 19:48:29-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Student-athletes at the University of Missouri are planning a march and sit-in Wednesday at the Columbia campus.

The demonstration was announced Monday via a tweet from the Missouri Black Student Athlete Association.

The Tigers student-athletes believe “nobody at Mizzou has been vocal about the displays of social injustices, police brutality or systemic oppression Black Americans have fallen victim to all summer, and even this past week.”

Hoping to raise awareness, student-athletes plan to gather at 6 p.m. outside the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex and march to the Columns for a sit-in.

Cason Suggs, president of the Mizzou Black Student Athlete Association, and Keiarra Slack, the organization's vice president, will speak after the sit-in and take part in a press conference.

MU was the site of protests five years ago after a series of racist incidents on campus went unaddressed by university leadership amid changes to graduate student benefits.

The Tigers football team got involved in November and threatened to boycott a game against Brigham Young University at Arrowhead Stadium unless MU System President Tim Wolfe resigned, which he did a few days later.