NAACP youth council support Jena 6 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Blair Simmons

NAACP youth council support Jena 6

The Jena 6 were initially charged with attempted murder after fighting with a white classmate at their Louisiana high school.

On Friday, an appeals court overturned the conviction of one teen, who was facing sentencing of up to 15 years for battery.

Although that sentencing will no longer take place, groups across the country still plan to make their voices heard.

The Memphis NAACP youth council announced their plan to support the Jena 6.

Although they won't be traveling down to Louisiana for the national protest later this week, they're doing what they can from here.

They're asking kids to wear all black to school Thursday, to donate money to help cover the legal expenses for the Jena 6, and they're even launching an e-mail campaign to spread the word.

Brandon Harris says the story of the Jena 6 hits home for him. "The same thing could happen to us. I'm a 17-year-old senior at Central High School. They are my same age. Anything could've happened. They could've put a noose anywhere outside of Central High School. I could be just like any of those 6- we have to stand up for what's right.

They say they hope their plan of action grabs the attention of other high school students here in Memphis so there isn't a repeat of what happened in Jena, Louisiana.


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