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Jena 6 protest before the debate

From NBC/NJ's Tricia Miller
HANOVER, NH -- A group of 10 African-American Dartmouth students protested outside Spaulding Auditorium, where tonight's debate will be held. Holding signs that read "I'll vote for you if you vote for freedom," "Forget about Hanover, what about Jena?" and "What about the Jena 6?" the students said they had been asked to stand on the sidewalk instead of the green. It rained briefly while they stood outside; across the street hundreds of people watched Chris Matthews interviewing guests on Hardball, including Sen. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Edwards.
Lou-Lou Igkowbe, a sophomore from New Jersey, said that she doesn't think civil rights is an issue limited to Jena. "If it's happening in Louisiana, it's happening to me," she said. Igkowbe said she wanted the media to focus on what happened specifically in Jena.
Daria Waite, a sophomore from Philadelphia, agreed. She said she hoped candidates would speak honestly at the debate about poverty, health care and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, as well as the Jena 6.