Inspired by Mizzou Protests, Students Across Country Focus on Being #BlackonCampus

by Maya Chung and Amber Payne /  / Updated 

Inspired and emboldened by their peers at the University of Missouri, where protests this week led to the resignation of the school's president, activist students are following suit at Yale University, Ithaca College and beyond — and taking to social media to talk about being #blackoncampus.

Rallies and marches are planned Thursday at St. John's University, Syracuse University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as the events in Missouri continue to resonate nationwide.

By Wednesday afternoon, the University of Missouri student collective known as "Concerned Student 1950," whose name pays homage to the year Mizzou admitted its first black students, took to Twitter to call for black students and alumni across the nation to share their experiences with the hashtag #blackoncampus.

The hashtag was trending, garnering tens of thousands of tweets by early Thursday morning — including from Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: