Rev. Jesse Jackson Set To Attend Stillwater Forum Thursday

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012, 8:19 am
By: News On 6

The Reverend Jesse Jackson is expected to visit Stillwater Thursday for a public forum on the conviction of former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams.

Williams is scheduled to be sentenced Friday on two counts of rape by instrumentation.

A Payne County jury convicted him July 23rd and recommended a year in prison on each count.

The Oklahoma State University chapter of the NAACP became involved because Williams' supporters believe race was a factor in the outcome. Williams is black; his two accusers are white and there were no black jurors.

Supporters began a social media campaign to request an appeal.

Jackson will be one of several speakers at a forum scheduled to run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Stillwater.

The church is located at 902 South Knoblock.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.