Duke statue vandalized ahead of race relations forum

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The James B. Duke statue in front of Duke University's Chapel was vandalized Friday when someone spray-painted "Black Lives Matter" on the memorial.

The message comes as Duke leaders planned to lead a forum on race relations following rallies as an act of solidarity with students at the University of Missouri. It was in response to African-American students being threatened after the school's president resigned. His resignation came amid complaints that he ignored racism issues.

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It also comes just weeks after someone vandalized a poster on campus with a racial slur. The ad was put in hallways to promote an upcoming Black Lives Matter event.

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