Co-ed documents her Jena journey - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Co-ed documents her Jena journey

September 21, 2007

Albany --  More than 150 Albany State students attended the rally in Jena, Louisiana and arrived back in Albany, bleary eyed around 5:00 Friday morning.

One of those students, Knarquelya O'Neal, videotaped her experience.

"It was very passionate, everyone was passionate about the situation going on. There were mothers in the crowd passionate about you know, we all have sons we all have children. They should be educated not incarcerated," said O'Neal.

"The community's really small even when we drove through we witnessed a guy on a four wheeler trying to scare the crowd, he had an actual rifle with him and the police had to tell him to ride off, I guess back to his neighborhood.

"A lot of people took it as a black and white issue, but it's really an issue with everyone it's not just black against white, everyone deserves equality.

"Some people waived, some people weren't so friendly but I just wanted to capture the whole surroundings because were walking through a neighborhood, like people could not actually leave their yards because we were in their street.

"When he stepped to the podium he had an American Flag, and a black panther told him 'Put that racist flag down.' It's not just about that, it's not just about black and white. If I had the chance to speak, I would want to say it's for everyone, for equality across the world."

The ASU students said they think they really made a difference, in part because money they raised helped the last student in jail make his bond.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=JenaJournal-JE

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Aspire focuses on emotional impact left by January storms

    Thursday, March 30 2017 6:57 AM EDT2017-03-30 10:57:16 GMT
    Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)Aspire wants South Georgians to know that they are here to offer assistance (Source:WALB)

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>

    Aspire Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability provided an on-site clinic inside the American Red Cross Shelter located inside the Albany Civic Center to help those experiencing mental health issues. The group wants residents know that they're still available to help those in need.

    More >>
  • Rainfall Gauge

    Rainfall Gauge

    Today: 0.00'": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>

    Today: 0.00": Monthly Total 1.21"; Normal for the Month 5.22"; Yearly Total 13.03"; -/+ Year to Date -2.52".

    More >>
  • Hodges to run for Court of Appeals

    Hodges to run for Court of Appeals

    Wednesday, March 29 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-03-30 03:46:33 GMT
    Hodges announced his candidacy (Source:WALB)Hodges announced his candidacy (Source:WALB)

    A former Dougherty County District Attorney is running for an open seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

    More >>

    A former Dougherty County District Attorney is running for an open seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly