- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - Midland University students have staged a protest as part of class on life in the 1960s.

The Fremont Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Qjhelx ) reports 39 students took to the streets Thursday afternoon to protest high college tuition as part of the American Culture in the 1960s course. Students brainstormed ideas about what they wanted to protest, and unanimously chose tuition rates as their cause.

Student Mariana Ramirez said that “College is getting more and more expensive and everybody is having to go into extreme debt to attend college. They protested injustices in the 1960s, so we are out here doing the same thing.”

Class instructor Janet Lack said the protest provided students with the opportunity to see what others did to peacefully bring about change during the 1960s.

“We weren’t marching in Selma, we didn’t have dogs snarling at us and we weren’t being sprayed at by fire hoses,” Lack said. “You can’t recreate the things that Dr. King and others went through, but it gave the students a little taste of how much sacrifice, effort and work it takes to make change happen.”

Lack said she contacted university officials and the Fremont Police Department to let them know that student protest would take place for safety reasons.

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, https://www.fremontneb.com

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