Close to a hundred Michigan State University students and Black Lives Matter activists filled the halls and blocked access to an event where former president Bill Clinton was scheduled to speak on Wednesday.
In another example of “The Mizzou Effect” of increased college disruptions caused by administrators at the University of Missouri caving to black activist’s demands last week, the Michigan protesters demanded a range of multicultural programs be added at MSU, including a center and “a college of race, class and gender studies.”
Protesters created what they called a “human barricade” after a strident march through the building.
In E. Lansing for former pres. Bill Clinton’s visit. MSU students blocking entrances, demanding racial justice. pic.twitter.com/Adej1GhET7
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Clinton is at MSU to receive the university’s first Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service at the Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum. The former Michigan governor and his wife donated $1 million to Michigan State to create both the award and forum. Blanchard was Pres. Clinton’s ambassador to Canada.