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Southern hosting march, candlelight vigil to honor Smith-Brown anniversary

Smith and Brown portraits featured in the union which is named in their honor. (Source: WAFB) Smith and Brown portraits featured in the union which is named in their honor. (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A march and candlelight vigil is underway at Southern University to commemorate the 42nd anniversary of the deaths of Denver Smith and Leonard Brown.

The students were shot on campus by law enforcement during a student demonstration on Nov. 16, 1972. They were 20 years old.

They were fighting for more state funding, better facilities, and a greater voice on campus. They had been protesting for about a month.

The student union is named in their honor.

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