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Student protest leader Reuben Riggs is marching for a better St. Louis

Tuesday, June 16, 2015  
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Ervin and Civic scholar says the fight for the social justice is the foundation of a liberal arts education. 

Looking back, Reuben Riggs, a senior in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, now sees how black kids were treated differently at his Nacogdoches, Texas, high school. One clue: he was the first African-American student in three years to be placed in AP English. Another: white students often got by with behavior that landed black friends in detention.

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