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NORMAL – Several Illinois State University student groups, faculty members and local activist groups are calling for classes to be canceled ahead of a march on Jelani Day, the disappearance and death of which has attracted international attention.

The move would “provide the space not only to keep Jelani and his family in mind, but to take joint measures not only to support justice for Jelani Day, but also to demand,” says one of the 12 Representatives from student organizations and community activists signed declaration groups as well as 30 faculty members from ISU.

The remains of Day, last seen in Bloomington on August 25, were found in the Illinois River on September 4. Authorities said the body was Day’s on September 23.

Day, from Danville, 25, was a graduate student at ISU. His case has generated widespread media attention and questions about the cause of death.

Rev. Jesse Jackson says the Jelani Day case is similar to other racially motivated murders. READ MORE HERE.


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A multi-jurisdictional task force including the Illinois State Police, Bloomington and Peru Police Departments, LaSalle County’s Sheriff and Coroner Offices, and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit are conducting a cause of death investigation.

Provost Aondover Tarhule sent an email to the ISU campus encouraging students interested in attending the march to contact their teachers and “explore the possibility that classes are missing “. The faculty is also asked to work with students who apply to participate in the march.

“Given the timing of the march, it may not be possible to make alternative arrangements in lieu of classes,” Tarhule said in the email.

He added, “We recognize that our students, faculty and staff continue to experience the impact of the tragedy our campus experienced this fall with the untimely death of Jelani Day.”

At noon on Tuesday, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. will lead a march outside the Peru Police Department, 2650 N. Peoria St. The event was organized by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, a nonprofit organization founded by Jackson.

Jackson, who attended Day’s funeral in Danville last week, also spoke to the ISU’s Black Student Union on Monday evening. Members of Day’s family, including his mother, Carmen Bolden Day, also joined the students.

“I’m glad you’re here tonight, concerned about someone other than yourself,” Jackson said to the students.



A drawing of Jelani Day will be displayed during a memorial service in the Dick Van Dyke Auditorium at Danville High School on October 9th.


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Heaven Moore, president of the ISU Black Student Union, said in a statement that LaSalle County, Peru and Bloomington law enforcement agencies “need to know they must hold themselves accountable to make sure we are the people who deserve security to have and protection. “

She added that the departments “need to do a better job” to resolve the case to ensure the Day family closure.

“Our campus was heavily influenced by the loss and murder of Jelani Day, especially the black students on our campus expressed great worry, sadness, fear and a variety of emotions,” said Christa Platt, Director of the ISU Multicultural Center. in a press release on Monday.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition had planned but canceled a bus from the Chicago area because Jackson and other organizers were spending the night in Bloomington-Normal.

Protesters will march from the Peruvian Police Department to the Illinois Valley YMCA, 300 Walnut Drive, Peru, which is near a wooded area where police found Day’s missing car.

The Peru police posted a route for the march on their Facebook page. According to the Post, the march is heading south from the Police Department on North Peoria Street, then east on Putnam Street, and then south on Water Street.

A prayer service is held in the waterway.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office at 815-433-2161.

Connor Wood from The Pantagraph contributed to this report.

Photos: Remembering Jelani Day

Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day

The childhood friends Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day make faces for the camera.


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Jelani Day, Jackson Mallady and Trent Tranchant

Jelani Day poses with high school buddies Jackson Mallady and Trent Tranchant at a formal party held during the winter break of their college years.


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Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day

Childhood friends Jackson Mallady and Jelani Day pose together and make faces for the camera.


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People move along the Illinois & Michigan Canal in LaSalle on Friday before releasing balloons to commemorate Jelani Day. The body of the missing Illinois State University graduate was found in the Illinois River last month.


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Balloon release for Jelani Day

Over 100 people release white balloons at the Illinois & Michigan Canal Dock in LaSalle on Friday afternoon as they shout “Justice for Jelani”. The balloon release was held in memory of the Illinois State University graduate student who was found dead on the banks of the Illinois River in Peru early last month.


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Jelani Day at Alabama A&M University

Jelani Day, left, poses with professor Diana Blakeney-Billings at A&M University in Alabama.


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Jelani Day at Alabama A&M University

Esther Phillips-Embden, left, professor at Alabama A&M University, poses with Jelani Day.


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Balloon release from A&M University in Alabama

Balloons released during a memorial ceremony honoring Alabama A&M University former student Jelani Day Thursday.


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Jelani Day, left, poses with a friend in his white coat.


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Jelani Day at Alabama A&M University

Jelani Day, 25, is lecturing in Diana Blakeney-Billings’ audiology class at A&M University in Alabama.


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ISU memorial for Jelani Day

Illinois State University students step on the Redbird Arena floor as the school held a memorial for Jelani Day on Thursday, October 7, 2021.


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ISU memorial for Jelani Day

Illinois State University student Jazmyn Thomas read a poem to shape the life of Jelani Day when ISU walked on the Redbird floor during a Jelani Day memorial on Thursday, October 7, 2021 Arena met.


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ISU memorial for Jelani Day

Hundreds of Illinois State University students gather outside Redbird Arena before marching on the tide as the school held a memorial for Jelani Day on Thursday, October 7, 2021.


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ISU memorial for Jelani Day

Family and friends of Illinois State University student Jelani Day passed a graduate student’s poster as the school held a Jelani Day memorial Thursday.


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Jeremiah Cooley, Jelani Day, Tommy Sessions and Johnny Leverenz

Jeremiah Cooley, Jelani Day, Tommy Sessions, and Johnny Leverenz shared their dedication to Danville High School.


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Jelani Day and Emily Musgrove were named Best People for their senior year at Danville High School.


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Contact Sierra Henry at 309-820-3234. Follow her on Twitter: @pg_sierrahenry.

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