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March 25, 2015

Disgraced Oklahoma student to meet civil rights leaders over racist song

OKLAHOMA CITY - The former University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading a racist song at a fraternity outing plans to meet civil rights leaders on Wednesday and offer an apology for his actions, a state senator said.

The student, Levi Pettit, has asked for the meeting that will be attended by groups including the local chapter of the NAACP, according to Senator Anastasia Pittman, head of Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus.

Pettit is then expected to speak with reporters

The 10-second video was shot on a bus chartered for a date night by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and posted online this month. Students are seen and heard chanting in unison, using offensive language referring to black people and vowing never to admit them to the fraternity.

The university shut the SAE chapter at the school and expelled two students, later identified as Pettit, 20, and Parker Rice, 19. The two apologized for their actions in written statements.