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Black Students Created A Thriving 'Campus Within A Campus' To Make Mizzou Feel More Welcoming

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Tyler Adkisson
Protests on the University of Missouri-Columbia campus in 2015 led to the resignation of former UM System President Tim Wolfe, who student activists accused of ignoring concerns about racism on campus.

Mizzou was in the national spotlight in 2015 after racist incidents led Black students to protest on the predominantly white campus. Similar incidents had been happening for decades.

To feel included in spite of them, Black students created their own student government and campus traditions.

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