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Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system has resigned after a 7 day hunger strike led by graduate student Jonathan L. Butler.
The mass protest, organized by the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement was given support by a large number of football players and coaches who refused to practice or play until Wolfe resigned.
A day after over 30 African-American football players at the University of Missouri announced their intention to strike until university system Tim Wolfe resigned, the rest of the team and coaching staff has joined the effort.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced the solidarity of the team via Twitter in a message that quickly went viral:
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
By using the #ConcernedStudent1950, Pinkel and his team linked themselves to a growing campus movement that is demanding change.
A graduate student and campus activist named Jonathan L. Butler has been on a hunger strike for the past 5 days. He is a leader of the #ConcernedStudent1950 movement.
Butler has demanded that Missouri system president Tim Wolfe resign or Butler will starve himself to death.
Wolfe has been the target of a large protest over the past week due to perceptions among some students that he does not care about recent racially charged incidents that were reported on the campus.
“There is no reforming him,” Butler told Rise News of Wolfe. “With him as a leader, he has not taken a firm stance on these issues or tried to make it a more inclusive campus.
Last night, over thirty black players on the Mizzou football team announced that they would not participate in any further football related activities until Wolfe left office.
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Cover Photo Credit: Gary Pinkel/ Twitter