Student protesters supporting Melissa Click interrupt Missouri curators’ meeting

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Two dozen black protesters interrupted a meeting of the University of Missouri system’s governing board to read a list of demands for improvements in diversity.

The demonstrators on Thursday stood side-by-side, their arms locked, outside a room on the Columbia campus where the Board of Curators was starting a finance committee session.

The protesters also yelled support for Melissa Click, the assistant communications professor suspended last week for her confrontation with student journalists during race-related protests in November on the Columbia campus.

The protests over what some saw as indifference to racial issues led to the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.

Members of the protest group Concerned Student 1950, who helped lead last year’s protests, did not answer questions from reporters.

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