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Howard U Group Marching In Support Of 'Occupy'

Hope to add racial diversity to movement

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Occupy DC protesters marched across the District earlier in October. A Howard University group is marching in support of the movement.
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Occupy DC protesters marched across the District earlier in October. A Howard University group is marching in support of the movement.

Students, alumni and faculty from Howard University say they're planning a march Friday to support the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The event scheduled for this afternoon is expected to include a march from the Howard campus to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Organizers say they've coordinated with, and will be joined by protesters from two ongoing "occupations'' near the White House.

A spokesperson for the group associated with the historically black university says the march is an effort to infuse more racial diversity into the Wall Street protests. Others insist the issues raised by the protesters should resonate with African-Americans, who encounter poverty and unemployment in greater percentages, and for longer periods than the general population.

Among other tasks, the marchers plan to urge Congress to pass bills promoting job growth.

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