OU to host ‘Making black lives matter: Turning hashtags into action’ event

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The  name of the event at the University of Oklahoma is 'Making black lives matter: Turning hashtags into action.'

Melvin Hall, one of the organizers, said there is a clear reason for the tittle.

"We've got the hashtags, and we’ve got the social media. We got all the people who are plugged in to cyberspace," Hall said. "We've got to move out of cyberspace and take it into the streets and take it into the courts and the legislature."

Hall is an attorney at Riggs Abney Law Firm.

He said the speakers will focus on solutions to pressing civil rights barriers.

"Things like 'stand your ground.' There needs to be some modification there, as far as what constitutes excessive force when lethal force can be used. There needs to be some modification of those laws," Hall said.

He said those laws have led to the mistreatment and, in some cases, the deaths of black men in the United States.

Three recent high profile cases: Treyvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager killed by a white neighborhood watch member; Michael Brown, shot by a white officer in Ferguson and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, shot and killed by police while holding a toy gun.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney who represented their families, will share his perspective on various civil rights issues.

It's something students said couldn't happen at a better time on their campus after last year's racist chant from the SAE fraternity.

"It's great that we are touching on it instead of just ignoring it," said Edward Louie, a student.

"I think it's actually a good move, especially with what happened with SAE," said Devon Wise, another student. "I think it would be great progress to see our campus come together."

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