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The University of Georgia continues to grapple with a difficult chapter of its history. It’s been under fire for how it handled the discovery of human remains under a school building during renovations. They appear to belong to people who were enslaved.

The growing tension recently erupted in protests. Demonstrators want reparations for descendants of slaves who built the university, including financial support for university staff and students as well as acknowledgment of the school’s history publicly and within the classroom.

GPB reporter Grant Blankenship went to Athens to witness the protests, and he talks with On Second Thought about what he found.


About 30,000 people turned out at the March For Our Lives in Atlanta Saturday to advocate for changes to gun laws. 

As volunteers worked the crowds to register voters, South Cobb High school student Niles Francis held his sign high above his head. It listed lawmakers who took money from the NRA. He’s still two years away from voting for the first time. But he’s determined to be heard now.

“A movement like this proves that your voice does matter,” Francis said.

An estimated 30,000 people turned out for the March For Our Lives in Atlanta. Students led the massive crowd through downtown chanting "Not One More," "Books Not Bullets" and "Vote Them Out." Voting was a major theme of the event. Volunteers fanned out with clip boards to register young marchers. Georgia students and survivors from the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, gave speeches. So did U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Bottoms told the crowds, "Atlanta stands with you." 

The Georgia Student Walk Out For Gun Violence

Mar 14, 2018
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Students across Georgia walked out of class today, as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence and to remember the victims of last month’s school shooting in Florida. Some school systems encouraged students to participate, while others said those who take part could face consequences. We begin our look at the protests with GPB’s Maura Currie.

Highlights from schools that participated in the protest around Georgia: 

Emily Cureton, GPB

On this edition of Political Rewind, free speech issues.  Students in Georgia and across the country walk out of classes to show support for passage of gun safety laws?  Will they have an impact on the legislature here or in the halls of Congress?  What about students who were denied permission to walk?  Then, Governor Deal reverses a state order denying gun protestors access to a free speech area at the State Capitol.  What led him to overrule the Georgia Building Authority decision?  Plus, Georgia’s Attorney General launches an investigation into an apparent effort by staffers for former