Duke statue vandalized ahead of race relations forum

The James B. Duke statue in front of Duke University's Chapel was vandalized Friday (The Chronicle)

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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