Howard U. students, faculty to march supporting Occupy Wall Street

WASHINGTON (AP) - Howard University students, alumni and faculty are planning a march to support the Occupy Wall Street protests and similar demonstrations in Washington.

The demonstration scheduled for Friday afternoon will include a march from the Howard campus to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Organizers say they've coordinated with and will be joined by protesters from two ongoing "occupations" near the White House.

Talib Karim, an alumnus of the historically black school and one of the organizers, says the march is part of an effort to bring more racial diversity to the Wall Street protests.

He says the issues raised by the protesters should resonate with African-Americans, who endure poverty and unemployment in greater percentages than the general population.

The marchers will be calling on Congress to pass bills promoting job growth.