Packed house at U of M causes dozens to miss Spike Lee

Packed house at U of M causes dozens to miss Spike Lee

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Dozens of people were turned away from seeing Spike Lee at the University of Memphis on Tuesday night.

Hundreds braved the rain to try and soak up what famous director Spike Lee had to say.

"I like the messages of his movies. They make you think," student Rachel Spight said.

However, the message from university officials as Lee began his lecture inside the Mike Rose theater to some was disappointing. They said were full and there was no room for everyone to hear Lee speak.

Wristbands were given out to people who showed up early. However, most people only knew that the event was free and open to the public. 
When a few seats did open up, there was a mini stampede to try and get in.

"Well, I expect big things from the University of Memphis, so I was expecting them to know that the accommodations were going to be needed," Carol Little said.

Others had suggestions on how they could have ensured everyone was able to hear Lee speak.

"They even could have streamed it to another hall and we could have watched it in another hall and I think that would have been a better option," Teresa Morgan, attendee, said.

However, streaming was not an option and media was not allowed.

Plenty of people who didn't get in to see Lee also paid to park. The university, however, did refund their parking fees.

On a day when Spike Lee endorsed presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, many left the University of Memphis hoping for more inclusion.

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