Student-Athlete Activism Displays Power

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This week, the sports community has seen one of the most successful protests by student athletes in recent history.  The Missouri Tiger’s student athletes took a stand for a cause, successfully bringing about the desired results.  This week the nation witnessed a university president’s resignation due to the protest of Missouri’s student athletes, but not just students joined the fight.  Faculty and staff also began to stand with the students, calling for the resignation of their president who had neglected to deal with acts of racism on campus in the appropriate manner.  Jonathan L. Butler, a graduate student of the University of Missouri, declared to go on a hunger strike until president Tim Wolfe was removed.  After news of the resignation, Butler was asked how he felt, emotionally replying “empowered, and ready to eat.”  The Missouri Tiger football team refused to play any more football games until the president was removed.  With the university set to lose over two million dollars had the football team not played this Saturday, the student athletes held significant power to demanding reform in university hierarchy.  These events at the University of Missouri are just a small example of the power in numbers.  Voices can be heard through peaceful protesting, as history repeatedly shows.  So you be the judge, are there any other stories of student activism that can rival the success of the Missouri Tigers?

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