A series of conflicts between black and white residents of Jena, Louisiana began in September 2006 when a group of black students at Jena High School sat beneath a tree on campus that local custom had reserved for white students. The next day, three nooses were seen in the tree.
Fights between students in the aftermath of that event led to the arrest of six African-American students on attempted murder charges. One of the six has already been found guilty of aggravated second-degree battery, and a conspiracy charge.
The case has brought national attention due to the lack of charges against whites who participated equally in the violence following the noose incident. Rallies are planned across the country on Thursday.