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Oklahoma student who led racist chant reaches out, plans to meet with black leaders

  • FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, University of Oklahoma students gather outside the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in reaction to members of the fraternity captured on video chanting a racial slur, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman said former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit, who was shown in the video leading the racist chant, has reached out to her and plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize for his role in the incident. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

    FILE - In this March 10, 2015 file photo, University of Oklahoma students gather outside the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in reaction to members of the fraternity captured on video chanting a racial slur, in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman said former University of Oklahoma student Levi Pettit, who was shown in the video leading the racist chant, has reached out to her and plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize for his role in the incident. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Surrounded by several black leaders, Levi Pettit, center, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, publicly apologizes during a news conference at Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. At left is Oklahoma state Senator  Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. At right is Fairview Baptist Church Pastor J.A. Reed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Surrounded by several black leaders, Levi Pettit, center, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, publicly apologizes during a news conference at Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. At left is Oklahoma state Senator Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City. At right is Fairview Baptist Church Pastor J.A. Reed. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Levi Pettit, right, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, waits to be introduced at a news conference by Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman, left, D-Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  Pettit said Wednesday he's deeply sorry for his role in the incident and upset and embarrassed that he failed to stop it. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Levi Pettit, right, a former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant, waits to be introduced at a news conference by Oklahoma state Sen. Anastasia Pittman, left, D-Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Pettit said Wednesday he's deeply sorry for his role in the incident and upset and embarrassed that he failed to stop it. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

A state lawmaker says a former University of Oklahoma student caught on video leading a racist chant has reached out to her and plans to meet with black civic leaders to personally apologize for his role in the incident.

Sen. Anastasia Pittman says the student, Levi Pettit, called her personally to apologize and asked to meet with her face to face. The Oklahoma City Democrat, who leads the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, says she arranged for Pettit to meet Wednesday with leaders from the state's black community.

Pittman says Pettit also is scheduled to speak at an afternoon press conference at a Baptist church on the city's predominantly black northeast side.

Pettit's parents issued an apology on his behalf two weeks ago.