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Black student protest
Black students silently blocked both sides of Sather Gate. (Bonnie Powell photos)  

Black students stage campus "blackout"

 – Close to 200 black UC Berkeley students linked arms to form a human barrier under the university's Sather Gate this afternoon, protesting their underrepresentation among the student body. Dressed entirely in black, with black scarves over their mouths, the students stood grim-faced and silent in the sun while other participants handed out flyers explaining the "blackout" to passersby.

The Sather Gate demonstration from 12 to 2 p.m. followed visits by the silent protesters to several classrooms. There will be a public meeting this evening (Wednesday, Nov. 17) at 7 p.m. in Evans Hall, room 60, to discuss the students' grievances.