12 november 1968 & towards a black university conf @hu begins tomorrow
#OTD 12 November 1968 Professor Acklyn Lynch, Walter Birdsong and dozens of their colleagues worked to prepare for the students, professors, artists and activists that would attend Howard University’s, “Towards a Black University Conference,” that would take place from 13-17 November on the main campus. Lynch was the ideator and faculty coordinator and Birdsong was the coordinator.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you attend the conference? Did you help to write this statement? What do you think of the statement? What is the role of education? What is the role of a university? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Archives (Office of Public Records). RG 23 contains the Records of the Office of Emergency Preparedness. Demonstrations, Civil Disturbances and Special Events, 1965, 1968-1978. These are surveillance records. This clipping was attached to a surveillance report. Apparently, a police officer got a copy of the Hilltop and cut out this announcement and affixed it to a surveillance report.